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Radical Islam and the Revival of Medieval Theology

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  • Author: Daniel Lav, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107009646

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  • With a scope that bridges the gap between the study of classical Islam and the modern Middle East, this book uncovers a profound theological dimension in contemporary Islamic radicalism and explores the continued relevance of medieval theology to modern debates. Based on an examination of the thought of the medieval scholar Taqī al-Dīn Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328), the book demonstrates how long-standing fault lines within Sunni Islam have resurfaced in the past half-century to play a major role in such episodes as the Quṭbist controversy within the Muslim Brotherhood, the split between radical salafīs and politically quietist ones, the renunciation of militancy by Egyptian and Libyan jihadist groups, and the radicalization of the insurgency in the North Caucasus. This work combines classical Islamic scholarship with a deep familiarity with contemporary radicalism and offers compelling new insights into the structure of modern radical Islam.

    • A rigorously researched intellectual history of contemporary Islamic radicalism and its relation to medieval schools of theology
    • Explains the role of theology in al-Qaida and related organisations
    • A signal contribution to the fields of Middle East history, political Islam, religious studies and theology
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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107009646
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The early and classical Murji'a
    2. Ibn Taymiyya's polemics on faith
    3. The 'Murji'ite' Muslim brotherhood
    4. Safar al-Hawālī's Zāhirat al-irjā
    5. Salafī Jihādīs and the theology of faith
    6. Theology and the changing shape of militancy.

  • Author

    Daniel Lav, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Daniel Lav is a PhD candidate in Islamic and Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

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