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The History of Islamic Theology: From Muhammad to the Present

The History of Islamic Theology: From Muhammad to the Present

by Bernard Lewis (Editor)

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Nagel (Univ. of Gottingen), a recognized expert on Islamic theology and history, presents a scholarly, well-researched work on the most important elements in Islamic theology and history, containing a descriptive chronology from Islam's beginnings in the seventh century to the modern era. Nagel makes the controversial assertion that "Jews and Christians deviated from true monotheism; the Jews claimed Ezra, and the Christians Jesus to be the son of God, thus lapsing into polytheism." Recommendations for further reading and sources cited are published in several languages, and Arabic terms are well defined. However, some indexes are purely alphabetical lists--one wonders why they are included. A companion to the classic reprint of Ignaz Goldziher's Introduction to Islamic Theology and Law (1981); recommended for libraries specializing in Islamic studies.--Michael W. Ellis, Ellenville P.L., NY
Based on Nagel's (U. of G<:o>ttingen) lecture series of the same name, and other of his courses on Islamic law and philosophy. Defining theology as the attempt to explain the message of the founder of a religion, in this case Muhammad, so as to produce a coherent body of statements, Nagel examines how Muslims have seen themselves and their faith over the centuries. He begins with how the belief in the transhistoricity of the Prophetic message evolved and took hold of theology. His framework is historical rather than Islamic, but he briefly summarizes the Muslim point of view when it diverges from the historical account. The German original was published by Verlag C. H. Beck, Munich, in 1994. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
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Princeton Series on the Middle East
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6.39(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.18(d)

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Princeton, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
May 31, 1916
Place of Birth:
London, England
B.A., University of London, 1936; Diplome des Etudes Semitiques, University of Paris, 1937; Ph.D., University of London,

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