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The Revival of Islamic Rationalism

The Revival of Islamic Rationalism
Logic, Metaphysics, and Mysticism in Modern Muslim Societies


  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108485319

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  • In this book, Masooda Bano presents an in-depth analysis of a new movement that is transforming the way that young Muslims engage with their religion. Led by a network of Islamic scholars in the West, this movement seeks to revive the tradition of Islamic rationalism. Bano explains how, during the period of colonial rule, the exit of Muslim elites from madrasas, the Islamic scholarly establishments, resulted in a stagnation of Islamic scholarship. This trend is now being reversed. Exploring the threefold focus on logic, metaphysics, and deep mysticism, Bano shows how Islamic rationalism is consistent with Sunni orthodoxy and why it is so popular among young, elite, educated Muslims, who are now engaging with classical Islamic texts. One of the most tangible results of this revival is that Islamic rationalism - rather than jihadism - is emerging as one of the most influential movements in the contemporary Muslim world.

    • Records the revival of Islamic rationalism among second and third generation Muslims in the West challenging existing concerns about Muslims' lack of integration
    • Traces a network of rationalist scholars, mostly converts, who, while gaining attention, have not been studied as a network
    • Exposes the changing dynamics of Islamic authority whereby Muslim communities in the West are producing knowledge and networks that are influencing modern educated Muslims in Muslim majority-countries
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108485319
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 2 maps 1 table
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Global shifts and the rise of Islamic rationalism
    Part I. Specialist versus Tacit Knowledge:
    2. What is Islam?
    3. Learning from the old geographies of Islam
    4. Teaching in the new geographies of Islam
    5. Mixing dispersed knowledge
    Part II. Affluence and Creativity:
    6. Material conditions and attitudes towards the texts
    7. Elites and institutional consolidation.

  • Author

    Masooda Bano, University of Oxford
    Masooda Bano is Professor of Development Studies in the Department of International Development and Senior Golding Fellow at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. She is the author and editor of several books, most recently Female Islamic Education Movements: The Re-democratisation of Islamic Knowledge (Cambridge, 2017) and Modern Islamic Authority and Social Change, Volume 1 and 2 (2018).

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