Scholars of Islamic intellectual history, including theology, law, Qur’anic exegesis, polemics and political thought. Scholars of modern Islamic movements and ideologies. Historians of the medieval Middle East.
Taqī al-Dīn Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328), one of the most controversial thinkers in Islamic religious history, was repeatedly imprisoned during his lifetime. Today, he is revered by what is called the Wahhabi movement and championed by Salafi groups who demand a return to the pristine golden age of the Prophet. His writings have also been used by radical groups, such as al-Qaeda, to justify acts of violence and armed struggle. In
order to understand the widespread present-day influence and prominence of this
rather obscure medieval figure, the book, through a series of articles written
by leading authorities in the field, attempts to study Ibn Taymiyya's original
contributions to Islamic theology, law, Qur'anic exegesis, and political
thought. The book is the first comprehensive academic treatment of Ibn Taymiyya
to appear in a Western language in over half a century.
About the Author / Editor
Yossef Rapoport Yossef Rapoport (PhD, Princeton) has been a Fellow in Arabic at the Oriental Institute, Oxford, and is currently a Lecturer in the Department of History at the Queen Mary University of London. He has published on Islamic law, gender, cartography, and the economic history of medieval Islam.Shahab Ahmed (PhD, Princeton) is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard University. He has also been Assistant Professor of Classical Arabic Literature at the American University in Cairo, Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, Visiting Scholar in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the Princeton University, and Visiting Scholar at the Islamic Research Institute, Islamabad.Syed Nomanul Haq (PhD, University College London) is currently professor at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. He was senior member of the faculty at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Following his postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University, he served on the standing faculty of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has held the position of Scholar-in-Residence at the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. He is trained broadly in medieval Islamic intellectual history.
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