I.B. Tauris in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies
The first of its kind, this book provides in-depth discussions of Islamic thought across the 20th century, encompassing the breadth of self-expression in Muslim communities world-wide. Ten leading scholars explore key themes in modern Islamic thinking, including the social origins and ideological underpinnings of the late 19th-/early 20th-century Islamic reformist project, nationalism in the Muslim world; attitudes towards democracy; the science of Islamic economics; notions of family and the role of women; perceptions and constructions of the West, and aspects of Muslim thinking on Christians and Jews. It examines the emergence, evolution and importance of these themes in terms of the historical, political and social conditions of the Muslim world, and its ongoing interactions with the West. Informed by an appreciation of the unprecedented changes experienced by Muslim societies and culture since the late 19th century, the authors challenge more simplistic approaches to Islamic thought.
This collective volume will serve as an excellent reference work for students of modern and contemporary Islam, politics and international relations, and the modern history of the Islamic world. It is essential reading for all professionals dealing with the Muslim world, whether in the media, in governmental and non-governmental agencies, or as politicians or diplomats.
Notes on Contributors
Suha Taji-Farouki and Basheer M. Nafi
2. The Rise of Islamic Reformist Thought and its Challenge to Traditional Islam
Basheer M. Nafi
3. The Diversity of Islamic Thought: Towards a Typology
4. Sufi Thought and its Reconstruction
5. Nationalism and Culture in the Arab and Islamic Worlds: A Critique of Modern Scholarship
Ralph M. Coury
6. On the State, Democracy and Pluralism
7. The Development of Islamic Economics: Theory and Practice
8. On Gender and the Family
9. Reflections on the West
10. Perceptions of Christians and Christianity
11. Thinking on the Jews
‘...a formidable primer that contains some substantial insights... a succinct, broad overview of developments in Islamic thought in the last century.’
– The Muslim World Book Review
‘...the breadth and depth of this work make it a most suitable purchase for anyone even slightly involved with any of the many debates raging within the Islamic world at the start of the 21st century.’
– Reviews in Religion and Theology
Suha Taji-Farouki is Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.
Basheer M. Nafi is Reader in Islamic History at the Muslim College and Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.