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Lived Islam
Colloquial Religion in a Cosmopolitan Tradition


  • Date Published: June 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108704007

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  • Does Islam make people violent? Does Islam make people peaceful? In this book, A. Kevin Reinhart demonstrates that such questions are misleading, because they assume that Islam is a monolithic essence and that Muslims are made the way they are by this monolith. He argues that Islam, like all religions, is complex and thus best understood through analogy with language: Islam has dialects, a set of features shared with other versions of Islam. It also has cosmopolitan elites who prescribe how Islam ought to be, even though these experts, depending on where they practice the religion, unconsciously reflect their own local dialects. Reinhart defines the distinctive features of Islam and investigates how modernity has created new conditions for the religion. Analyzing the similarities and differences between modern and pre-modern Islam, he clarifies the new and old in the religion as it is lived in the contemporary world.

    • Defines distinctive features of lived Islam in the modern world by analyzing the similarities and differences between pre-modern and modern Islam
    • Challenges misleading questions which foster assumptions of Islam as a monolithic essence
    • Defines and discusses essentialism in the study of Islam
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108704007
    • length: 202 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Dialect Islam: the Islam of differences
    3. Shared Islam: the KOINÉ Islam
    4. Cosmopolitan Islam: the standard Islam of the scholars
    5. Modern Islam
    6. Scripturalism and modern religion.

  • Author

    A. Kevin Reinhart, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
    A. Kevin Reinhart is Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. He is the author of Before Revelation: The Boundaries of Muslim Moral Thought (1995) and many articles on aspects of Islamic civilization.

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