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Journal of Islamic Studies Current Issue





Published: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2018 04:54:08 GMT

 



Books Received

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Some of the books listed here may be reviewed in a subsequent issue.



Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an IdeaBy Shiraz Maher

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea By MaherShiraz (London: Hurst & Company, 2016), xx + 292 pp. Price HB £25.00. EAN 978–1849046299.



Finding Mecca in America: How Islam is Becoming an American Religion By Mucahit Bilici

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Finding Mecca in America: How Islam is Becoming an American Religion By BiliciMucahit (Chicago, IL and London: University of Chicago Press, 2012), xii + 257 pp. Price PB £16.00. EAN 978–0226049571.



Thinking in the Language of Reality: Ṣadr al-Dīn Qūnavī (1207–74 ce) and the Mystical Philosophy of ReasonBy Anthony F. Shaker

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Thinking in the Language of Reality: Ṣadr al-Dīn Qūnavī (1207–74 ce) and the Mystical Philosophy of Reason By ShakerAnthony F. (Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris, 2015), xiv + 337 pp. Price PB $17.30. EAN 978–1479718030.



From Bāwīṭ to Marw. Documents from the Medieval Muslim WorldEdited by Andreas Kaplony, Daniel Potthast and Cornelia Römer

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

From Bāwīṭ to Marw. Documents from the Medieval Muslim World Edited by KaplonyAndreas, PotthastDaniel and RömerCornelia (Leiden and Boston, MA: Brill, 2015. Islamic History and Civilization—Studies and Texts, 112), xviii + 190 pp. Price HB $122.00. EAN 978–9004282056.



Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire By Bedross Der Matossian

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire By Der MatossianBedross (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014), xiv + 249 pp. Price PB £15.99. EAN 978–0804792639.



Europe’s Balkan Muslims: A New HistoryBy Nathalie Clayer and Xavier Bougarel, translated by Andrew Kirby

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Europe’s Balkan Muslims: A New History By ClayerNathalie and BougarelXavier, translated by KirbyAndrew (London: Hurst & Company, 2016 [2013]), xxvi + 285 pp. Price HB £45.00. EAN 978–1849046596.



Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution After the EnlightenmentBy Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution After the Enlightenment By Ghamari-TabriziBehrooz (Minnapolis, MN and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. Muslim International), xiii + 257 pp. Price HB $94.50. EAN 978–0816699483.



Islam and Politics in the Middle East: Explaining the Views of Ordinary CitizensBy Mark Tessler

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Islam and Politics in the Middle East: Explaining the Views of Ordinary Citizens By TesslerMark (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2015. Indiana Series in Middle East Studies), xviii + 247 pp. Price HB $50.00. EAN 978–0253016430.



Women, Islam, and Abbasid Identity By Nadia Maria El Cheikh

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Women, Islam, and Abbasid Identity By El CheikhNadia Maria (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015), 176 pp. Price HB £33.95. EAN 978–0674736368.



Muslims in the American Media: From Texts to Affects

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Abstract
Much scholarship on Islamophobia has offered helpful analyses of the ways that news media, film, television, and even political cartoons represent Muslims generally and Arabs specifically as threating, dangerous, and entirely foreign. In contrast, I argue that analysis of Islamophobic media also requires moving from content analyses to explore why, when, and to whom these representations matter. This article draws on studies of affect to analyse the social and online media that proliferated around both Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and the film American Sniper (2014). Media events such as these, I argue, mark nodes in the rise of modulated Islamophobic publics, which come together through distinct understandings of what it means to be American and/or modern. In this sense understanding Islamophobia requires attention not merely to media representation, but also to the structures of affective investments that give rise to very particular Islamophobic publics.






Advice for the Sultan: Prophetic Voices and Secular Politics in Medieval Islam By Neguin Yavari

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Advice for the Sultan: Prophetic Voices and Secular Politics in Medieval Islam By YavariNeguin (London: Hurst & Company, 2014), vii + 197 pp. Price HB £35.00. EAN 978–1849042604.



The Emergence of the Gulf States: Studies in Modern HistoryEdited by J. E. Peterson

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The Emergence of the Gulf States: Studies in Modern History Edited by PetersonJ. E. (London: Bloomsbury on behalf of Altajir Trust, 2016), xv + 388 pp. Price HB £120.00. EAN 978–1472587602.



Ethnographies of Islam: Ritual, Performances and Everyday PracticesEdited by Baudouin Dupret, Thomas Pierret, Paulo G. Pinto and Kathryn Spellman-Poots

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Ethnographies of Islam: Ritual, Performances and Everyday Practices Edited by DupretBaudouin, PierretThomas, PintoPaulo G. and Spellman-PootsKathryn (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press in association with The Aga Khan University, 2012. Exploring Muslim Contexts), 195 pp. Price HB £60.00. EAN 978–0748645503.



Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa By Ousmane Oumar Kane

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa By KaneOusmane Oumar (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016), ix + 282 pp. Price HB £29.95. EAN 978–0674050822.



Contested Avenues in Post-Classical Sunni Ḥadīth Criticism: A Reading through the Lens of al-Mughnī ʿan al-Ḥifẓ wa-l-kitāb

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Abstract
This article analyses Sunni ḥadīth criticism by focusing on both its historical development and its reception in contemporary Muslim discourses on the authority of the Prophet’s Sunna. It argues that while ḥadīth criticism was an isnād-oriented elite practice relying on a close study of individual ḥadīths for roughly the first four centuries, new challenges arose to these major characteristics from the fifth/eleventh century onwards, including a growing concern to address the practical needs of a wider audience. Related to this, the role of the isnād was diminished or blurred and alternative methods of ḥadīth authentication were developed, particularly in the mawḍūʿāt literature, such as subordinating the ḥadīth to overriding rules and principles (ḍawābiṭ kulliyya). Though these developments did not receive a warm welcome from mainstream ḥadīth scholarship, they have continued to form domains of tension and dispute among scholars well into modern times. Focusing on the writings of Muḥammad Zāhid al-Kawtharī (d. 1952) and Abū Isḥāq al-Ḥuwaynī, two influential ḥadīth authorities of recent times, the article explores how ḥadīth criticism emerged as a fierce battlefield between two contemporary schools of Islamic thought in twentieth-century Egypt.



Admiration and Awe: Morisco Buildings and Identity Negotiations in Early Modern Spanish Historiography By Antonio Urguízar-Herrera

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Admiration and Awe: Morisco Buildings and Identity Negotiations in Early Modern Spanish Historiography By Urguízar-HerreraAntonio (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), xvi + 272 pp. Price HB £70.00. EAN 978–0198797456.



Paradise and Hell in Islamic Traditions By Christian Lange

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Paradise and Hell in Islamic Traditions By LangeChristian (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Themes in Islamic History), xvii + 365 pp. Price PB £18.99. EAN 978–0521738156.



Gaza Under Hamas: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist GovernanceBy Björn Brenner, foreword by Magnus Ranstorp

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Gaza Under Hamas: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance By BrennerBjörn, foreword by RanstorpMagnus (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017. Library of Modern Middle East Studies), xx + 252 pp. Price HB £25.00. EAN 978–1784537777.



Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy, and Law in Northern Nigeria By Brandon Kendhammer

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy, and Law in Northern Nigeria By KendhammerBrandon (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2016), xiv + 302 pp. Price PB £23.00. EAN 978–0226369037.



Brand Islam: The Marketing and Commodification of Piety By Faegheh Shirazi

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Brand Islam: The Marketing and Commodification of Piety By ShiraziFaegheh (Austin, TX: The University of Texas Press, 2016), ix + 281 pp. Price PB £17.99. EAN 978–1477309469.



Negotiating Muslim Malay Identity in Singapore By Rizwana Abdul Azeez

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Negotiating Muslim Malay Identity in Singapore By AzeezRizwana Abdul (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2016. Sussex Library of Asian Studies), xii + 237 pp. Price HB £60.00. EAN 978–1845196967.



The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz By MinawiMostafa (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016), xviii + 219 pp. Price PB £17.99. EAN 978–0804799270.



About Antiquities: Politics of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire By Zeynep Çelik

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

About Antiquities: Politics of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire By ÇelikZeynep (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2016), xi + 268 pp. Price PB £23.99. EAN 978–1477310618.



The Merits of the Bāṭiniyya: AL-Ghazālī’s Appropriation of Ismaʿili Cosmology

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Abstract
This paper discusses the question of an Ismaʿili influence within the cosmology of al-Ghazālī and argues that al-Ghazālī appropriated certain features of the Ismaʿili cosmology from the Persian Ismaʿili thought of Nāṣir-i Khusraw (d. ca. 481/1088). After introducing Nāṣir-i Khusraw and his Ismaʿili Neoplatonic cosmology, the paper first examines some of the Ismaʿili doctrinal material presented in al-Ghazālī’s anti-Ismaʿili polemical work Faḍāʾiḥ al-bāṭiniyya—concerning cosmology, revelation, and taʾwīl—and traces this content back to Nāṣir-i Khusraw’s works, arguing that Nāṣir-i Khusraw was one of the sources for al-Ghazālī’s knowledge of Ismaʿili doctrines. Secondly, the paper highlights a number of commonalities and shared terminology between the cosmology, epistemology, and doctrine of prophecy in al-Ghazālī’s Mishkāt al-anwār (‘The Niche of Lights’) and the Ismaʿili doctrines of Nāṣir-i Khusraw, revealing how the two thinkers understand the cosmos as containing precisely ‘two worlds’, emphasize the correspondence (muwāzana) between the spiritual and physical realms, and conceive the faculty of prophecy as a higher supra-intellectual spirit (rūḥ) or ‘eye’ of perception. Thirdly, the paper revisits the scholarly debate concerning al-Ghazālī’s higher theology and cosmology in the Veils section of the Mishkāt. It demonstrates that al-Ghazālī’s worldview, which places the transcendent God above the First Mover of the Aristotelians and the Necessary Existent of the falāsifa using the Qurʾānic symbolism of Moon and Sun worship, has been appropriated from Nāṣir-i Khusraw’s Ismaʿili Neoplatonic cosmology.



Doubts on Avicenna: A Study and Edition of Sharaf al-Dīn al-Masʿūdī’s Commentary on the Ishārāt. By Ayman Shihadeh

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Doubts on Avicenna: A Study and Edition of Sharaf al-Dīn al-Masʿūdī’s Commentary on the Ishārāt. By ShihadehAyman (Leiden and Boston, MA: Brill, 2016. Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science: Texts and Studies, 95), viii, 289 pp. Price HB £77.00. EAN 978–9004302525.