Reconfiguring Islamic Tradition: Reform, Rationality, and Modernity

Reconfiguring Islamic Tradition: Reform, Rationality, and Modernity

by Samira Haj
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804752508

ISBN-13: 9780804752503

Pub. Date: 10/20/2008

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Samira Haj conceptualizes Islam through a close reading of two Muslim reformers—Muhammad ibn 'Abdul Wahhab (1703–1787) and Muhammad 'Abduh (1849–1905)—each representative of a distinct trend, chronological as well as philosophical, in modern Islam. Their works are examined primarily through the prism of two conceptual questions: the idea of

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Samira Haj conceptualizes Islam through a close reading of two Muslim reformers—Muhammad ibn 'Abdul Wahhab (1703–1787) and Muhammad 'Abduh (1849–1905)—each representative of a distinct trend, chronological as well as philosophical, in modern Islam. Their works are examined primarily through the prism of two conceptual questions: the idea of the modern and the formation of a Muslim subject. Approaching Islam through the works of these two Muslims, she illuminates aspects of Islamic modernity that have been obscured and problematizes assumptions founded on the oppositional dichotomies of modern/traditional, secular/sacred, and liberal/fundamentalist. The book explores the notions of the community-society and the subject's location within it to demonstrate how Muslims in different historical contexts responded differently to theological and practical questions. This knowledge will help us better understand the conflicts currently unfolding in parts of the Arab world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804752503
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
10/20/2008
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................xi
Author's Note on Transliterations....................xiii
1. The Islamic Reform Tradition....................1
2. Rethinking Orthodoxy: Muhammad ibn 'Abdul Wahhab....................30
3. An Islamic Reconfiguration of Colonial Modernity: Muhammad 'Abduh....................67
4. Governable Muslim Subjects....................109
5. Love and Marriage....................153
6. Conclusion....................188
Notes....................207
Bibliography....................265
Index....................275

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