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Author Ahmed, Shahab, author.

Title What is Islam? : the importance of being Islamic / Shahab Ahmed.

Publication Info. Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016].


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    306.697 AHM    Available
Description xvii, 609 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 547-591) and index.
Contents Part one. Questions. What is Islam? ; Chapter 1. Six questions about Islam -- Part two. Conceptualizations. Chapter 2. Islam as law, islams-not-Islam, Islamic and Islamicate, religion and culture, culture and civilization ; Chapter 3. Religion and secular, sacred and profane, theocentric and anthropocentric, total social fact, family resemblance ; Chapter 4. Culture, meaning, symbol system, core and nucleus, whatever-Muslims-say-it-is, discursive tradition, orthodoxy, process -- Part three. Re-conceptualizations. Chapter 5. Hermeneutical engagement, pre-text, text, and con-text, meaning-making for the self, spatiality of revelation, hierarchy, exteriority-interiority, public and private, language and vocabulary, ambivalence and ambiguity, metaphor and paradox ; Chapter 6. Applications and implications : coherent contradiction, exploration, diffusion, form and meaning, modern ; The importance of being Islamic.
Summary "A book that is certain to provoke debate and significantly alter our understanding of Islam, [this work] reveals how Muslims have historically conceived of and lived with Islam as norms and truths that are at once contradictory yet coherent"--Front jacket flap.
Subject Islamic sociology.
Anthropology -- Methodology.
ISBN 9780691164182

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