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Revival and Reform in Islam

Revival and Reform in Islam
The Legacy of Muhammad al-Shawkani

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: June 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521528900

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  • This intellectual biography of Muhammad al-Shawkani, one of the founding fathers of modern Islamic reformism, is also a study of an important transitional period in Yemeni history which saw the shift from traditional Shi'ism to Sunni reformism. The transition propelled political, religious and social change. While Shawkani espoused a socio-religious order which echoed aspects of Western thinking, the book demonstrates that it was indigenous to Islamic thought. Shawkani's ideas remain vital to the intellectual debates happening in Islam today.

    • The first systematic account of intellectual and religious reform in pre-modern Yemen under the founding father of modern reformism, al-Shawkani
    • Proves the case of indigenous Islamic reform before the advent of European influence and ideas
    • Elegantly composed by a young scholar, already well known and respected in the field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Haykel's thorough analysis of Sunni Traditionism in Yemen is a model study in its comprehensive utilization of local sources and the in-depth understanding of the debates of the era of al-Shawkani and the continuing importance of the issues raised in those debates. Haykel makes a very important contribution to understanding movements of revival and reform in Islam both as they developed in the eighteenth century and as they continue to develop at the beginning of the twenty-first century.' Islamic Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521528900
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 162 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Charismatic authority: the Qasimi Imamate in the seventeenth century
    2. Becoming a dynasty: the Qasimimi Imamate in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
    3. The absolute interpreter and 'Renewer' of the thirteenth century H
    4. The triumph of Sunni traditionism and the re-ordering of Yemeni society
    5. Clashing with the Zaydis: the question of cursing the Prophet's Companions (sabb al-sahaba)
    6. Riots in Sanaa: the response of the strict Hadawis
    7. Shawkani's legacy.

  • Author

    Bernard Haykel, New York University
    Bernard Haykel is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and History in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at New York University.

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