The Public Sphere in Muslim Societies

The Public Sphere in Muslim Societies

by Miriam Hoexter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791453685

ISBN-13: 9780791453681

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Challenging conventional assumptions, the contributors to this interdisciplinary volume argue that premodern Muslim societies had diverse and changing varieties of public spheres, constructed according to premises different from those of Western societies. The public sphere, conceptualized as a separate and autonomous sphere between the official and private, is used…  See more details below

Overview

Challenging conventional assumptions, the contributors to this interdisciplinary volume argue that premodern Muslim societies had diverse and changing varieties of public spheres, constructed according to premises different from those of Western societies. The public sphere, conceptualized as a separate and autonomous sphere between the official and private, is used to shed new light on familiar topics in Islamic history, such as the role of the sharìa (Islamic religious law), the 'ulama' (Islamic scholars), schools of law, Sufi brotherhoods, the Islamic endowment institution, and the relationship between power and culture, rulers and community, from the ninth to twentieth centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791453681
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Series:
SUNY Series in Near Eastern Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration
Foreword: The Religious Public Sphere in Early Muslim Societies1
Introduction9
1The Mihna (Inquisition) and the Public Sphere17
2Religious Leadership and Associations in the Public Sphere of Seljuk Baghdad31
3Religion in the Public Sphere: Rulers, Scholars, and Commoners in Syria Under Zangid and Ayyubid Rule (1150-1260)49
4The Public Sphere and Civil Society in the Ottoman Empire65
5The Qadi's Role in The Islamization of Sedentary Tribal Society83
6The Dynamics of Sufi Brotherhoods109
7The Waqf and the Public Sphere119
8Concluding Remarks: Public Sphere, Civil Society, and Political Dynamics in Islamic Societies139
Works Cited163
List of Contributors185
Index187

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