Rethinking Islam Studies

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Rethinking Islamic Studies upends scholarly roadblocks in post-Orientalist discourse within contemporary Islamic studies and carves fresh inroads toward a robust new understanding of the discipline, one that includes religious studies and other politically infused fields of inquiry. Editors Carl W. Ernst and Richard C. Martin, along with a distinguished group of scholars, map the trajectory of the study of Islam and offer innovative approaches to the theoretical and methodological frameworks that have ...
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Rethinking Islamic Studies: From Orientalism to Cosmopolitanism

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Overview

Rethinking Islamic Studies upends scholarly roadblocks in post-Orientalist discourse within contemporary Islamic studies and carves fresh inroads toward a robust new understanding of the discipline, one that includes religious studies and other politically infused fields of inquiry. Editors Carl W. Ernst and Richard C. Martin, along with a distinguished group of scholars, map the trajectory of the study of Islam and offer innovative approaches to the theoretical and methodological frameworks that have traditionally dominated the field. In the volume's first section, the contributors reexamine the underlying notions of modernity in the East and West and allow for the possibility of multiple and incongruent modernities. This opens a discussion of fundamentalism as a manifestation of the tensions of modernity on Muslim cultures. The second section addresses the volatile character of Islamic religious identity as expressed in religious and political movements at national and local levels. In the third section, contributors focus on Muslim communities in Asia and examine the formation of religious models and concepts as they appear in this region. This study concludes with an afterword by accomplished Islamic studies scholar Bruce B. Lawrence reflecting on the evolution of this post-Orientalist approach to Islam and placing the volume within existing and emerging scholarship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570038921
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Series: Studies in Comparative Religion Series
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,274,608
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Carl W. Ernst is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His previous books include Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World.


Richard C. Martin is a professor of Islamic studies and history of religions at Emory University and president of the American Research Center in Egypt. He is the editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World and author of Islamic Studies: A History of Religions Approach.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface vii

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Toward a Post-Orientalist Approach to Islamic Religious Studies Carl W. Ernst Richard C. Martin 1

Part I Rethinking Modernity: Islamic Perspectives

Reasons Public and Divine: Liberal Democracy, Shari'a Fundamentalism, and the Epistemological Crisis of Islam Vincent J. Cornell 23

The Misrecognition of a Modern Islamist Organization: Germany Faces "Fundamentalism" Katherine Pratt Ewing 52

Between "Ijtihad of the Presupposition? and Gender Equality: Cross-Pollination between Progressive Islam and Iranian Reform Omid Safi 72

Fundamentalism and the Transparency of the Arabic Qur'an A. Kevin Reinhart 97

Can We Define "True" Islam? African American Muslim Women Respond to Transnational Muslim Identities Jamillah Karim 114

Part 2 Rethinking Religion: Social Scientific and Humanistic Perspectives

Who Are the Islamists? Charles Kurzman Ijlal Naqvi 133

Sufism, Exemplary Lives, and Social Science in Pakistan David Gilmartin 159

Formations of Orthodoxy: Authority, Power, and Networks in Muslim Societies Richard C. Martin Abbas Barzegar 179

Caught between Enlightenment and Romanticism: On the Complex Relation of Religious, Ethnic, and Civic Identity in a Modern "Museum Culture" Louis A. Ruprecht Jr 203

Part 3 Rethinking the Subject: Asian Perspectives

The Subject and the Ostensible Subject: Mapping the Genre of Hagiography among South Asian Chishtis Tony K. Stewart 227

Dancing with Khusro: Gender Ambiguities and Poetic Performance in a Delhi Dargah Scott Kugle 245

The Perils of Civilizational Islam in Malaysia Carl W. Ernst 266

History and Normativity in Traditional Indian Muslim Thought: Reading Shari'a in the Hermeneutics of Qari Muhammad Tayyab (d. 1983) Ebrahim Moosa 281

Afterword: Competing Genealogies of Muslim Cosmopolitanism Bruce B. Lawrence 302

Contributors 325

Index 329

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