Defining Islam: A Reader

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-08-08
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Defining Islam: A Reader aims to present original source material and scholarly reflections on how the word Islam is to be used and understood. Ever since a group of people came into existence who called themselves Muslims, questions of what it meant to be a member of that group, who was to be included and who excluded, and what the requirements for membership were, have proven to be both divisive and defining for the community itself. Likewise for scholars, the issue of what constitutes Islam when they talk about the emergence of the religion or when they compare local traditions or when the media debates whether the phrase Muslim terrorist is meaningful or appropriate, is always a central one for debate.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Sourcesp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Epistle of Abu Hanifa to 'Uthman al-Battip. 17
Ten Things That Nullify One's Islamp. 19
The Formation of Muslim Society and its Characteristicsp. 24
The Spread of Islamp. 30
Social Sciences
Between Text and Practice: Considerations in the Anthropological Study of Islamp. 37
The Study of Islam in Local Contextsp. 58
Beyond Ideology and Theology: The Search for the Anthropology of Islamp. 74
Two Countries, Two Culturesp. 104
Islamic Movements: One or Many?p. 118
Islam in Contemporary Southeast Asia: History, Community, Moralityp. 136
Beyond Orientalism? Max Weber and the Displacements of "Essentialism" in the Study of Islamp. 148
The Muslim East as It Presents Itselfp. 175
The Special Case of Islamp. 185
Religion is a Different Matterp. 195
Official, Popular, and Normative Religion in Islamp. 201
The Limits of Islamic Orthodoxyp. 222
Defining Islam in the Throes of Modernityp. 237
Islam, Europe, the West: Meanings-at-Stake and the Will-to-Powerp. 252
The Problem: Unity in Diversityp. 269
The Dialectic of a Cultural Traditionp. 288
Conscience in the Construction of Religion: A Critique of Marshall G. S. Hodgson's The Venture of Islamp. 308
Conversion as a Social Processp. 323
The Media
Islam and the Westp. 335
Islam and the Western Journalistp. 358
Glossaryp. 371
Index of Authorsp. 375
Index of Subjectsp. 378
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