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Rethinking Tradition in Modern Islamic Thought

Rethinking Tradition in Modern Islamic Thought


Part of Cambridge Middle East Studies

  • Date Published: March 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521653947

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  • Questions about the authenticity and authority of sunna have long been of central importance to the study of Islam, especially to those concerned with Islamic law. In this fascinating study, Daniel Brown traces the emergence of modern debates over sunna, focusing in particular on Egypt and Pakistan where these controversies have raged most fiercely, and assesses the implications of new approaches to the law on contemporary movements of Islamic revival. Using the case of modern Islam as a starting-point, the author considers how adherents of any great tradition deal with change.

    • Original treatment of important and topical subject
    • Author contextualises his study within the classical literature of Islam to explain his thesis
    • Interdisciplinary approach: of interest to students of Middle East and South Asia, as well as to Islamic law and religious studies students
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    '... a good introduction for the reader who is interested in learning about modern Islam and who seeks a serious scholarly treatment of the subject.' Digest of Middle East Studies

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    • Date Published: March 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521653947
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.325kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the prism of modernity
    1. The relevance of the past: classical conceptions of Prophetic authority
    2. The emergence of modern challenges to tradition
    3. Boundaries of revelation
    4. The nature of Prophetic authority
    5. The authenticity of hadith
    6. Sunna and Islamic revivalism
    7. Conclusion: the spectrum of change.

  • Author

    Daniel W. Brown

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