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What is Islam? : the importance of being Islamic
What is Islam? : the importance of being Islamic
Ahmed, Shahab, 1966-2015, author.
Publication Information:
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016].

Physical Description:
xvii, 609 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"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.
Questions. What is Islam? ; Six questions about Islam -- Conceptualizations. Islam as law, islams-not-Islam, Islamic and Islamicate, religion and culture, culture and civilization ; Religion and secular, sacred and profane, theocentric and anthropocentric, total social fact, family resemblance ; Culture, meaning, symbol system, core and nucleus, whatever-Muslims-say-it-is, discursive tradition, orthodoxy, process -- Re-conceptualizations. 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 ; Applications and implications : coherent contradiction, exploration, diffusion, form and meaning, modern ; The importance of being Islamic.
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