Interpreting Islam: Bandali Jawzis Islamic Intellectual History

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byTamara Sonn

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In this book, Sonn provides the first English translation of The History of Intellectual Movements in Islam (1928), a seminal text of Arab modernism written by the Palestinian intellectual Bandali al-Jawzi (1871-1942). In that book, Jawzi offered the first Marxist interpretation of the historyand development of Islamic thought. The continuing importance of his work lies in Jawzi's critical method of reevaluating both European "orientalist" and classical Muslim accounts of Islamic history. Fifty years before Edward Said's landmark Orientalism, Jawzi identified the vested imperialinterests as the weakness in both methodologies. Sonn's translation brings to life this skillful and entertaining critique of Islamic history. Her introduction places Jawzi's thought in context with both postmodern intellectuals and Muslim reformers who continue the struggle to apply Islamicprinciples to contemporary life.

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In this book, Sonn provides the first English translation of The History of Intellectual Movements in Islam (1928), a seminal text of Arab modernism written by the Palestinian intellectual Bandali al-Jawzi (1871-1942). In that book, Jawzi offered the first Marxist interpretation of the historyand development of Islamic thought. The con...

Tamara Sonn is at University of South Florida.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 0.87 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195100514

ISBN - 13:9780195100518

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"Jawzi's book is a telling historical artifact, and Tamara Sonn is to be commended for reintroducing and rendering it accessible to a contemporary audience."--Middle East Journal