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The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism
The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism
Andrea Mura

The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism

A Study in Islamic Political Thought

The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism initiates a dialogue between the discourse of three of the most discussed figures in the history of the Sunni Islamic movement - Hasan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb and Osama bin Laden - and contemporary debates across religion and political theory. Redressing the inefficiency of the terms in which the debate on ...

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Legal Pluralism in the Holy City
Legal Pluralism in the Holy City
Ido Shahar

Legal Pluralism in the Holy City

Competing Courts, Forum Shopping, and Institutional Dynamics in Jerusalem

This book offers fresh perspectives on the phenomenon of legal pluralism, on shari'a law in practice and on Palestinian-Israeli relations in the divided city of Jerusalem. The study is based on participant observations in the studied shari'a court in contemporary West Jerusalem, as well as on textual and legal analyses of court cases and rulings ...

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Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Cultures
Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Cultures
Edited by Gul Ozyegin

Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Cultures

A must-read for anyone interested in Muslim cultures, this volume not only explores Muslim identities through the lens of sexuality and gender - their historical and contemporary transformations and local and global articulations - but also interrogates our understanding of what constitutes a ‘Muslim’ identity in selected Muslim-majority countries. Contributors take on the most fundamental questions at the intersections of gender, sexuality, and the ...

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A Sociology of Prayer
A Sociology of Prayer
Edited by Giuseppe Giordan and Linda Woodhead

A Sociology of Prayer

Why do people pray and in what situations and settings? Does prayer imply a god, and if so, what sort? A Sociology of Prayer addresses these fundamental questions and opens up important new debates.Drawing from religion, anthropology and historical perspectives, the contributors focus particularly on prayer as a social and personal matter, and situate prayer in the conditions of complex, late modern societies worldwide. Presenting fresh empirical ...

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The Concert of Civilizations
The Concert of Civilizations
Jeremy Kleidosty

The Concert of Civilizations

The Common Roots of Western and Islamic Constitutionalism

Are Western and Islamic political and constitutional ideas truly predestined for civilizational clash? In order to understand this controversy The Concert of Civilizations begins by deriving and redefining a definition of constitutionalism that is suitable for comparative, cross-cultural analysis. The rule of law, reflection of national character ...

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Studies on Early Arabic Philosophy
Studies on Early Arabic Philosophy
Peter Adamson

Studies on Early Arabic Philosophy

Philosophy in the Islamic world from the 9th to 11th centuries was characterized by an engagement with Greek philosophical works in Arabic translation. This volume collects papers on both the Greek philosophers in their new Arabic guise, and on reactions to the translation movement in the period leading up to Avicenna.

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Shi'i Reformation in Iran
Shi'i Reformation in Iran
Ali Rahnema

Shi'i Reformation in Iran

The Life and Theology of Shari’at Sangelaji

In Shi'i Reformation in Iran, Rahnema offers a fresh understanding of Sangelaji’s reformist discourse from a theological standpoint, and takes readers into the heart of the key religious debates in Iran in the 1940s. Drawing on the writings of Sangelaji, as well as interviews with his son, the book provides a comprehensive introduction to ...

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Muslim Families, Politics and the Law
Muslim Families, Politics and the Law
Ralph Grillo

Muslim Families, Politics and the Law

A Legal Industry in Multicultural Britain

Islam generally and the Muslim family in particular have become highly politicized sites of contestation. This book focuses on the way in which gender relations and associated questions of (women’s) agency, consent and autonomy, have become the focus of political and social commentary, and the implications this has for British multiculturalism ...

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