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Modern Hadith Studies: Continuing Debates and New Approaches

Belal Abu-Alabbas, Christopher Melchert, and Michael Dann (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474441797
eISBN:
9781474491228
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441797.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

The authenticity of hadith—whether this or that report is correctly attributed—was a major subject of scholarship in the Middle Ages and has continued to be today. However, this collection of ... More


Can Different Questions Yield the Same Answers? Islamic and Western Scholarship on Shiʿi Narrators in the Sunni Tradition

Michael Dann

in Modern Hadith Studies: Continuing Debates and New Approaches

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474441797
eISBN:
9781474491228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441797.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Michael Dann observes that Sunni traditionists paid some attention to transmission from Shiʿi traditionists. Sunni commentators identified different parties of the Shiʿah with the suggestion that ... More


Introduction: William R. Jones and the Challenge of Black Theodicy

Sherman A. Jackson

in Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195382068
eISBN:
9780199852437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382068.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter aims to bring the classical Sunni theological tradition to bear on the modern debate over black theodicy, most specifically as instigated by the classic and controversial work of William ... More


Conclusion

Sherman A. Jackson

in Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195382068
eISBN:
9780199852437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382068.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the influence of classical Sunni theological tradition on black theodicy in the U.S. It concludes that despite their emphatic and explicit ... More


Multiple Identities in a Pluralistic World: Shi'ism in America

Liyakat Takim

in Muslims in the West: From Sojourners to Citizens

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195148053
eISBN:
9780199849277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148053.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Most discussions on Islam in America have focused on Sunni Muslims, thereby neglecting the experience of Shi'i Muslims. As a matter of fact, it is correct to state that, even in academic discourses, ... More


On Sunni Sectarianism*

A. Kevin Reinhart

in Living Islamic History: Studies in Honour of Professor Carole Hillenbrand

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748637386
eISBN:
9780748653218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637386.003.0014
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter discusses the development of the disdain for disputational theology and the development of resources for an anti-pluralist understanding of Islam. It applies the two notions of ... More


SHIʿI JURISPRUDENCE DURING THE SELJUQ PERIOD: REBELLION AND PUBLIC ORDER IN AN ILLEGITIMATE STATE

Robert Gleave

in The Seljuqs: Politics, Society and Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639946
eISBN:
9780748653294
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639946.003.0011
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The Seljuqs are described as fanatical promoters of Sunnism. In the capture of Baghdad by Tughril Beg, the Buyid power and the public expression of Shi،i came to an end. The Shi،i community, both in ... More


‘Baghdad is to Cities What the Master is to Mankind’: The Rise of Vizier Culture

Samuel England

in Medieval Empires and the Culture of Competition: Literary Duels at Islamic and Christian Courts

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474425223
eISBN:
9781474438544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474425223.003.0002
Subject:
History, Middle East History

Examines the phenomenon of vizier-poets in medieval Baghdad and the ‘Abbasid provinces. Argues that Persian viziers used literary, administrative skill to overshadow royals and the caliph. These ... More


The Iraq Connection: Abu’l-Wafaʾ Taj al-ʿArifin and the Wafaʾi Tradition

Ayfer Karakaya-Stump

in The Kizilbash-Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics and Community

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781474432689
eISBN:
9781474476799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474432689.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

In the oldest cluster of the recently surfaced Kizilbash/Alevi documents(mainly Sufi diplomas (ijāzas) and genealogies (shajaras), or fragments thereof(Abu’l-Wafaʾ Taj al-ʿArifin, the eponym of the ... More


Commemorative Architecture and Salih’s “Blessed Mausoleum”

D. Fairchild Ruggles

in Tree of Pearls: The Extraordinary Architectural Patronage of the 13th-Century Egyptian Slave-Queen Shajar al-Durr

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190873202
eISBN:
9780190873233
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190873202.003.0005
Subject:
History, World Early Modern History

As the widow of the Ayyubid sultan, Shajar al-Durr represented a vital link to that dynasty. But as the newly appointed sultan and a former slave, she was historically important as the first Mamluk ... More


Sects and Politics

Marieke Brandt

in Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190673598
eISBN:
9780190872649
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190673598.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter discusses the sectarian and political developments that unfolded in northernmost Yemen’s complex and competitive environment. It explores the spread of Salafism in Yemen’s Zaydi ... More


The Sectarian Study of Islam: A Culture of Isolation and the Isolation of Cultures

Majid Daneshgar

in Studying the Qur'an in the Muslim Academy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780190067540
eISBN:
9780190067571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190067540.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter deals with the persistence of sectarian treatment of the Qurʾān and Qurʾanic studies. It shows how Muslim academics are, or are obliged to be, inattentive to the cultural and literary ... More


Shattered Political Language: Reconstructing a Humanist Culture of Nonviolence

Chibli Mallat

in Philosophy of Nonviolence: Revolution, Constitutionalism, and Justice beyond the Middle East

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199394203
eISBN:
9780199394234
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394203.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Private International Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter examines, in a millennium-deep cultural perspective, the way in which persisting patterns of political language in the Middle East and beyond have been shattered by nonviolence. In a ... More


The Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Syrian Conflict: Hezbollah Takes the Reins

Aurélie Daher

in Hezbollah: Mobilization and Power

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190495893
eISBN:
9780190943004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190495893.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Middle Eastern Politics

By directly taking the reins of power in Lebanon in early 2011, Hezbollah seemed to have succeeded in protecting itself against any deleterious effects of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. But when ... More


Iraqi Tribes in the Land of Jihad

Hosham Dawod

in Tribes and Global Jihadism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190864545
eISBN:
9780190943271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864545.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the tribe has resurfaced as an important element in the literature focusing on security issues and the involvement of local actors in conflicts. It has addressed ... More


Twitter Wars: Sunni-Shi a Conflict and Cooperation in the Digital Age

Alexandra Siegel

in Beyond Sunni and Shia: The Roots of Sectarianism in a Changing Middle East

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190876050
eISBN:
9780190942953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876050.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Amid mounting death tolls in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, sectarian discourse is on the rise across the Arab world—particularly in the online sphere, where extremist voices are amplified and violent ... More


Religious Authority and Sectarianism in Lebanon

Alexander D.M. Henley

in Beyond Sunni and Shia: The Roots of Sectarianism in a Changing Middle East

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190876050
eISBN:
9780190942953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190876050.003.0013
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Lebanese religious leaders are often treated as authentic representatives of their sects and are given broad powers over religious affairs. However, their leadership is not organic, nor are they ... More


Confessionalisation as a Prelude to Sectarianisation

Azmi Bishara

in Sectarianism without Sects

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780197602744
eISBN:
9780197610886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197602744.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Middle Eastern Politics

This chapter notes the parallels between the well-studied process of confessionalization in Europe and an equivalent process that took place in the Islamic World. This latter process entailed the ... More


Firqa and Iftiraq in Islam

Azmi Bishara

in Sectarianism without Sects

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780197602744
eISBN:
9780197610886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197602744.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Middle Eastern Politics

This chapter demonstrates that the classical literature on firqas does not necessarily depict them as social entities, but mostly as groups of scholars with opinions on doctrine. By this definition, ... More


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