Taqi al-Din 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 the Wahhabi movement and championed by Salafi groups who call for 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 terrorism and armed struggle. In order to explain this modern influence, this volume offers a fresh perspective on Ibn Taymiyya's life, thought and legacy. The articles in this volume, written by leading authorities in the field, study Ibn Taymiyya's highly original contributions to Islamic theology, law, Qur'anic exegesis and political thought. Contrary to his current image as an anti-rationalist puritan, this volume shows Ibn Taymiyya to be one of the most intellectually rigorous, complex and interesting figures in Islamic intellectual history. This is the first comprehensive academic treatment of Ibn Taymiyya to appear in a Western language in over half a century.
It is of major importance to scholars of Islamic intellectual history, as well as to the students of modern Islamic movements and ideologies.
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 Princeton University, and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan Visiting Scholar in the Islamic Research Institute, Islamabad.
FOREWORD BY THE GENERAL EDITOR ; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ; LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS ; INTRODUCTION ; IBN TAYMIYYA AND HIS TIMES ; YOSSEF RAPOPORT AND SHAHAB AHMED ; PART I. BIOGRAPHY ; 1. Ibn Taymiyya wa-jam?'atu-hu: Authority, Conflict and Consensus in Ibn Taymiyya's Circle ; BY CATERINA BORI ; PART II. THEOLOGY ; 2. God Acts by His Will and Power: Ibn Taymiyya's Theology of a Personal God in his Treatise on the Voluntary Attributes ; BY JON HOOVER ; 3. The Qur'?nic Rational Theology of Ibn Taymiyya and his Criticism of the Mutakallim?n ; BY M. SAIT OZERVARLI ; 4. Ibn Taymiyya's 'Theology of the Sunna' and his Polemics with the Ash'arites ; BY RACHA EL OMARI ; PART III. HERMENEUTICS ; 5. Ibn Taymiyya and the Rise of Radical Hermeneutics: An Analysis of an Introduction to the Foundations of Qur'?nic Exegesis ; BY WALID A. SALEH ; 6. Human Choice, Divine Guidance and the Fitra Tradition: The Use of Hadith in Theological Treatises by Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya ; BY LIVNAT HOLTZMAN ; PART IV. LAW ; 7. Ibn Taymiyya's Radical Legal Thought: Rationalism, Pluralism and the Primacy of Intention ; BY YOSSEF RAPOPORT ; PART V. SHI'I AND CHRISTIAN POLEMICS ; 8. Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn al-Mutahhar al-Hill?: Shi'i Polemics and the Struggle for Religious Authority in Medieval Islam ; BY TARIQ AL-JAMIL ; 9. Apologetic and Polemic in the Letter from Cyprus and Ibn Taymiyya's Jaw?b al-sahih li-man baddala d?n al-Masih ; BY DAVID THOMAS ; PART VI. LEGACY ; 10. From Ibn Hajar al-Haytam? (d.1566) to Khayr al-D?n al-?l?s? (d.1899): Changing Views of Ibn Taymiyya Amongst non-Hanbal? Sunni Scholars ; BY KHALED EL-ROUAYHEB ; 11. The Sensitive Puritan? Revisiting Ibn Taymiyya's Approach to Law and Spirituality in Light of 20th century Debates on mawlid al-nab? ; BY RAQUEL M. UKELES ; MODERN INTERPRETATIONS AND MISINTERPRETATIONS OF A MEDIEVAL SCHOLAR: APPREHENDING THE POLITICAL THOUGHT OF IBN TAYMIYYA ; BY MONA HASSAN ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX
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