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Rethinking Tradition in Modern Islamic Thought New ed

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ISBN13: 9780521653947
ISBN: 0521653940
Published: April 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99



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Questions about the authenticity and authority of sunna have long been of central importance to the study of Islam, especially to those concerned with Islamic law. In this fascinating study, Daniel Brown traces the emergence of modern debates over sunna, focusing in particular on Egypt and Pakistan where these controversies have raged most fiercely, and assesses the implications of new approaches to the law on contemporary movements of Islamic revival. Using the case of modern Islam as a starting-point, the author considers how adherents of any great tradition deal with change.

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Subjects:
Islamic Law
Contents:
Introduction: the prism of modernity; 1. The relevance of the past: classical conceptions of Prophetic authority; 2. The emergence of modern challenges to tradition; 3. Boundaries of revelation; 4. The nature of Prophetic authority; 5. The authenticity of hadith; 6. Sunna and Islamic revivalism; 7. Conclusion: the spectrum of change.