Ibn Taymiyya and his Times

Paperback | May 15, 2015

EditorYossef Rapoport, Shahab Ahmed

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Taqi al-Din Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328) is one of the most controversial thinkers in Islamic history. Today he is revered by what is called the Wahhabi movement and championed by Salafi groups who demand a return to the pristine golden age of the Prophet. His writings have been a source ofinspiration for radical groups to justify acts of violence and armed struggle. In order to understand the widespread present-day influence and prominence of this rather obscure medieval figure, the book, through a series of articles written by leading authorities in the field, attempts to study Ibn Taymiyya's original contributions to Islamic theology, law, Qur'anic exegesis,and political thought. The book is the first comprehensive academic treatment of Ibn Taymiyya to appear in a Western language in over half a century.

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Taqi al-Din Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328) is one of the most controversial thinkers in Islamic history. Today he is revered by what is called the Wahhabi movement and championed by Salafi groups who demand a return to the pristine golden age of the Prophet. His writings have been a source ofinspiration for radical groups to justify acts of ...

Yossef Rapoport (PhD, Princeton) has been a Fellow in Arabic at the Oriental Institute, Oxford, and is currently a Lecturer in the Department of History at Queen Mary University of London. He has published on Islamic law, gender, cartography and the economic history of medieval Islam. Shahab Ahmed (PhD, Princeton) is Assistant Profess...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019940206X

ISBN - 13:9780199402069

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General Editor: ForewordAcknowledgmentsList of ContributorsIntroductionYossef Rapoport and Shahab Ahmed: Ibn Taymiyya and His TimesPart I. Biography1. Caterina Bori: Ibn Taymiyya wa-jama'atu-hu: Authority, Conflict and Consensus in Ibn Taymiyya's CirclePart II. Theology2. Jon Hoover: God Acts by His Will and Power: Ibn Taymiyya's Theology of a Personal God in his Treatise on the Voluntary Attributes3. M. Sait Ozervarli: The Quranic Rational Theology of Ibn Taymiyya and his Criticism of the Mutakallimun4. Rachael Omari: Ibn Taymiyya's 'Theology of the Sunna' and his Polemics with the Ash'aritesPart III. Hermeneutics5. Walid A. Saleh: Ibn Taymiyya and the Rise of Radical Hermeneutics: An Analysis of an Introduction to the Foundations of Quranic Exegesis6. Livnat Holtzman: Human Choice, Divine Guidance and the Fitra Tradition: The Use of Hadith in Theological Treatises by Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-JawziyyaPart IV. Law7. Yossef Rapoport: Ibn Taymiyya's Radical Legal Thought: Rationalism, Pluralism and the Primacy of IntentionPart V. Shi'i and Christian Polemics8. Tariq al-Jamil: Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn al-Mutahhar al-Hilli: Shi'i Polemics and the Struggle for Religious Authority in Medieval Islam9. David Thomas: Apologetic and Polemic in the Letter from Cyprus and Ibn Taymiyya's Jawab al-sahih li-man baddala din al-MasihPart VI. Legacy10. Khaled El-Rouayheb: From Ibn Hajar al-Haytami (d.1566) to Khayr al-Din al-Alusi (d.1899): Changing Views of Ibn Taymiyya Amongst non-Hanbali Sunni Scholars11. Raquel M. Ukeles: The Sensitive Puritan? Revisiting Ibn Taymiyya's Approach to Law and Spirituality in Light of 20th century Debates on mawlid al-nab?12. Mona Hassam: Modern Interpretations and Misinterpretations of a Medieval Scholar: Apprehending the Political Thought of Ibn TaymiyyaBibliographyIndex