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Islam in the Middle East. A Living Tradition. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2250258
  • Book
  • August 2006
  • Region: Middle East
  • 368 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
This concise book offers a nuanced introduction to Islam in the Middle East. It presentsIslam as both a unified tradition of theological dogma and practices that transcends cultural differences and as a dynamic tradition that is historically informed, locally shaped, and continually reinterpreted.
  • Offers numerous ethnographic examples from the Middle East and North Africa
  • Explores key concepts, including the doctrinal foundations of Islam; the role of religious scholars; the five pillars; and Islamic “orthodoxy”
  • Includes discussion of spirit-possession cults as integral part of Islamic tradition
  • Introduces politics and current affairs as key elements in understanding contemporary Islamic discourse
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Transliteration and Abbreviations.



1. The Islamic Community through History.

2. The Foundations of Islamic Doctrine and the Community of Believers.

3. Authority and Knowledge.

4. The Five Pillars.

5. Islamic Mysticism.

6. Islamic Reformism.

7. Islamism: A General Overview.

8. Islamism at the Local Level.




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G. P. Makris Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences, Athens.
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