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Islam, Modernity, Violence, and Everyday Life by Ahmad Atif Ahmad (auth.)

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7 But more important than the history of specific debates and ideas is the very interest in centuries and texts that were judged irrelevant to modern life. 8 More could be, and, I suspect, will be, done. But when it comes to medieval Islamic history, despite the lip-service acknowledgment that medieval Muslim civilization may have established a unique model for civilization, we are yet to recover from the assumption that medieval Muslim culture must be a few beats behind modern culture, morally, intellectually, and organizationally, in most respects, in all these areas.

The second complicating factor is the diversity of the sources, as one of them (Ibn ‘Abidin) may be seen to represent jurists with unqualified loyalty to their religio-legal traditions, and the other (‘Abbasi) as a political appointee whose juristic personality was more or less formed through on-the-job training and who had mixed loyalties and would thus represent tendencies that may clash with those of traditional jurists. ) To address these objections I adopted the strategy of keeping my conclusions to a minimum.

The nature of the materials I employ here differs from chapter to chapter based on the nature of the subject of each chapter, but aspiring for limited conclusions remained a constant in this volume. In Chapters 2 and 3, for example, I offer a reading of Ibn ‘Abidin of Damascus (Chapter 2) and Egypt’s ‘Abbasi (Chapter 3). Tucked into this project of reading are the same basic difficulties facing the readers of history and culture of which I spoke. This is further complicated, in this case, by two factors.

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