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The history of Islam : revelation, reconstruction or both?

Author: Terence Lovat; Amir Moghadam
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018] ©2018
Series: SpringerBriefs in religious studies.
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This book applies philosophical and critical textual scholarship to the traditional Islamic narrative in an attempt to distinguish between its historical and interpretive elements. It allows the narrative to be preserved with due respect for its significance and distinctiveness, but in a way that frees it from the ease with which it can slip into the hands of literalists and fundamentalists in order to serve a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Lovat, Terence.
History of Islam.
Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018]
(OCoLC)1000602777
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Terence Lovat; Amir Moghadam
ISBN: 9783319677170 3319677179
OCLC Number: 1003192555
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Foreword; Contents; 1 The Conceptual Argument: Re-Defining Religious Narrative; Abstract; Introduction; Charles Taylor; Jurgen Habermas; Paul Ricoeur; Conclusion; References; 2 Methodological Foundations: Analysing Religious Narrative; Abstract; Introduction; Bart Ehrman; Mohamed Talbi; Muhammad al-Tabari; Conclusion; References; 3 The History as Islam's Inspirational Religious Narrative; Abstract; Introduction; Ideology and Power; The Islamic Ideological Narrative; Reading The History; Conclusion; References; 4 Understanding The History Through Updated Narrative Analysis; Abstract. IntroductionContested Ideologies; A Patterned and Representational Text; Reading the Ideological Text; Moral Imagination; Conclusion; References; 5 The History's Early Influence on Islam; Abstract; Introduction; The 'Golden Age' and Its Intellectual Giants; La Convivencia; Conclusion; References; 6 Doing Justice to The History: The Effects of Narrative Literalism and Its Opposite; Abstract; Introduction; Islamist Reinterpretations of the Past; Radical Islamism; Superseding Narrative Literalism; Conclusion; References; Index.
Series Title: SpringerBriefs in religious studies.
Responsibility: Terence Lovat, Amir Moghadam.

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This book applies philosophical and critical textual scholarship to the traditional Islamic narrative in an attempt to distinguish between its historical and interpretive elements. It allows the narrative to be preserved with due respect for its significance and distinctiveness, but in a way that frees it from the ease with which it can slip into the hands of literalists and fundamentalists in order to serve a purpose which is at odds with its original spirit and intention. When radical Islamists use social media to try and convert young followers to a Jihadist cause, they refer often to the narrative about the Prophet, the original Islamic community (Ummah), and the holy book (Qur'an). The references usually imply that these are under threat by infidels, either non-Muslim Westerners or Muslims themselves who follow allegedly errant forms of Islam. The narrative itself is, however, never questioned; it is taken as merely factual with every word to be taken literally, including words that appear intolerant of difference and given to violence. As such, it can serve well the forms of fundamentalism that lie at the heart of radical Islamism and Jihadism. Because of a shortage of critical scholarship about Islam's central narrative, the radical Islamist understanding of it differs too little from that of mainstream Muslims. Neither tends to take sufficient account of the context of the writing, its original purpose or the many interpretive elements that have been overlain. This makes it difficult for mainstream Islamic authorities to counter effectively the radical Islamist discourse or to distinguish moderate and liberal forms of religious practice from radical breakaway forms. In turn, this causes confusion among Muslims, who know the radical Islamists are in error but find it hard to say just why, and even greater confusion and angst among non-Muslims, for whom the allegation that all of Islam is inherently violent and to be feared is clearly being heard by an increasing number. This book sets out to address this problem by applying forms of scholarship that can preserve the best of the Islamic narrative while, at the same time, illustrating just how errant is the radical Islamist understanding of it.

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