Islam

Paperback | August 15, 1979

byFazlur Rahman

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Fazlur Rahman's Islam is aptly titled, in that this slim volume constitutes an incisive and surprisingly comprehensive history and analysis of Islam—its history, its conflicts, its legacy—and its prospects. From Mohammed to the late twentieth century, Rahman traces the development of Islam as a religion and, more importantly, as an intellectual tradition, offering both an easily understood introduction to the faith and an impassioned argument for its future direction.

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Fazlur Rahman's Islam is aptly titled, in that this slim volume constitutes an incisive and surprisingly comprehensive history and analysis of Islam—its history, its conflicts, its legacy—and its prospects. From Mohammed to the late twentieth century, Rahman traces the development of Islam as a religion and, more importantly, as an int...

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A new foreword, by John E. Woods, offers a reappraisal of Rahman's life and thought after the events of fall 2001.This incisive, surprisingly comprehensive volume is both a history and an analysis of Islam: from Mohammed's time to the late twentieth century, Rahman traces the development of Islam as a religion and as an intellectual tr...

Fazlur Rahman (1919-1988) was the Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Islamic Thought at the University of Chicago. His many books include Islam and Modernity: Transformation of an Intellectual Tradition and Prophecy in Islam: Philosophy and Orthodoxy, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:278 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:August 15, 1979Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226702812

ISBN - 13:9780226702810

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent reading for anyone This is perhaps one of the best in-depth surveys of Islam from the religion's inception right up to its modern day manifestations. Topics include: The Qur'an and Sunnah, the status of God, His prophet, Practical and Theorectical Sufism and Political Islam in the modern era. A must read for anyone interested in Islam!
Date published: 2000-05-15

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction

1 MUHAMMAD
Muhammad and the Revelation - Muhammad's Struggle -
Muhammad's Strategy - Jews and Christians - Conclusion

2 THE QUR'AN
What is the Qur'an? - The Qur'anic Teaching - The Qur'anic
Legislation - Commentaries on the Qur'an

3 ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRADITION
Preliminary - The State of Western Scholarship - The Nature of the
Prophet's Authority - Hadith and Sunna, or the Verbal and Practical
Tradition - Classical Opposition to the Health - Development of the
'Science of the Hadith'

4 THE STRUCTURE OF THE LAW
Preliminary - Early Developments: Qur'an and Sunna; Qiyas; Ijma
or Consensus - Al-Shafi'i and After - The Law and the State - For-
mation of the Legal Schools - Conclusion

5 DIALECTICAL THEOLOGY AND THE DEVELOPMENT
OF DOGMA
The Early Phase - The Mu'tazila - Ash'arism and Maturidism -
Philosophy and Kalam

6 THE SHARI'A
Preliminary - Development of the Concept of Shari'a - The Tradi-
tionalist Reform: Ibn Taymiya - The Shari'a and the Law

7 THE PHILOSOPHICAL MOVEMENT
The Philosophical Tradition -Orthodoxy and Philosophy - Philo-
sophic Religion

8 SUFI DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE
Rise and Early Development of Sufism - Beginnings of Institutional
Sufism - The Sufi Way - The Emergence of Orthodox Sufism - The
Sufi Theosophy

9 SUFI ORGANIZATIONS
Sufism and Popular Religion - The Sufi Orders - Sequel

10 SECTARIAN DEVELOPMENTS
The Khawarij - The Shi'a - Sub-sects of the Shi'a

11 EDUCATION
The Schools - The Character of Medieval Islamic Learning - Curri-
culum and Instruction

12 PRE-MODERNIST REFORM MOVEMENTS
Tensions within Pre-Modernist Islam - The Wahhabis - The Indian
Reform Movements - The African Reform Movements

13 MODERN DEVELOPMENTS
Preliminary - Intellectual Modernism - Political Modernism -
Modernism and Society

14 LEGACY AND PROSPECTS
Faith and History - The Legacy to be Reformulated: The Political
Dogma; The Moral Principles; The Spiritual Ideals - The Present
and the Future

Epilogue
Notes to the Chapters
Bibliography
Index