By Shahab Ahmed

What is Islam? How will we snatch a human and historic phenomenon characterised via such kind and contradiction? what's "Islamic" approximately Islamic philosophy or Islamic artwork? may still we communicate of Islam or of islams? may still we distinguish the Islamic (the non secular) from the Islamicate (the cultural)? Or may still we abandon "Islamic" altogether as an analytical term?

In What Is Islam?, Shahab Ahmed offers a daring new conceptualization of Islam that demanding situations dominant understandings grounded within the different types of "religion" and "culture" or those who privilege legislations and scripture. He argues that those modes of pondering hinder us from figuring out Islam, distorting it, diminishing it, and rendering it incoherent.

What Is Islam? formulates a brand new conceptual language for interpreting Islam. It provides a brand new paradigm of ways Muslims have traditionally understood divine revelation—one that allows us to appreciate how and why Muslims via background have embraced values reminiscent of exploration, ambiguity, aestheticization, polyvalence, and relativism, in addition to practices comparable to figural paintings, track, or even wine ingesting as Islamic. It additionally places ahead a brand new figuring out of the old structure of Islamic legislation and its dating to philosophical ethics and political theory.

A ebook that's bound to impress debate and considerably regulate our figuring out of Islam, What Is Islam? unearths how Muslims have traditionally conceived of and lived with Islam as norms and truths which are without delay contradictory but coherent.

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