Thursday, January 25, 2018

"Theology and Society in the Second and Third Centuries of the Hijra. Volume 3 A History of Religious Thought in Early Islam" by Josef van Ess. Translated from the German by Gwendolin Goldblum

"Volume 3 of "Theology and Society", the most comprehensive study of Islamic intellectual and religious history, focusing on Muslim theology. With its emphasis on the eighth and ninth centuries CE, it remains the most detailed prosopographical study of the early phase of the formation of Islam. Originally published in German between 1991 and 1995, Theology and Society is a monument of scholarship and a unique scholarly enterprise which has stood the test of time as an unparalleled reference work."

Islam without Europe: Traditions of Reform in Eighteenth-Century Islamic Thought By Ahmad S. Dallal

Islam without Europe
Traditions of Reform in Eighteenth-Century Islamic Thought
By Ahmad S. Dallal
Islam without Europe
Approx. 448 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, index

PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-1-4696-4140-9
Published: June 2018
HARDCOVER ISBN: 978-1-4696-4034-1
Published: June 2018
Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks
Paperback Available June 2018, but pre-order your copy today!

"Replete with a cast of giants in Islamic thought and philosophy, Ahmad S. Dallal’s pathbreaking intellectual history of the eighteenth-century Muslim world challenges stale views of this period as one of decline, stagnation, and the engendering of a widespread fundamentalism. Far from being moribund, Dallal argues, the eighteenth century--prior to systematic European encounters--was one of the most fertile eras in Islamic thought.

Across vast Islamic territories, Dallal charts in rich detail not only how intellectuals rethought and reorganized religious knowledge but also the reception and impact of their ideas. From the banks of the Ganges to the shores of the Atlantic, common people and elites alike embraced the appeals of Muslim thinkers who, while preserving classical styles of learning, advocated for general participation by Muslims in the definition of Islam. Dallal also uncovers the regional origins of most reform projects, showing how ideologies were forged in particular sociopolitical contexts. Dallal concludes that reformists’ ventures were in large part successful--up until the beginnings of European colonization of the Muslim world. By the nineteenth century, the encounter with Europe changed Islamic discursive culture in significant ways into one that was largely articulated in reaction to the radical challenges of colonialism."

Part 2018-2 of the Third Edition of Brill’s Encyclopaedia of Islam

Said the Prophet of God: Hadith Commentary across a Millennium - Joel Blecher (Author)

Said the Prophet of God: "Although scholars have long studied how Muslims authenticated and transmitted Muhammad’s sayings and practices (hadith), the story of how they interpreted and reinterpreted the meanings of hadith over the past millennium has yet to be told. Joel Blecher takes up this charge, illuminating the rich social and intellectual history of hadith commentary at three critical moments and locales: classical Andalusia, medieval Egypt, and modern India."