Comprised of primary sources assembled from a broad chronological and geographic spectrum, Islamic Theological Themes is a comprehensive anthology of primary Islamic sacred texts in translation. The volume includes rare and never before translated selections, all freshly situated and introduced with a view to opening doors into the larger world of Islamic life, belief, and culture. From pre-theological material on the scriptural end of the spectrum, to the more practical material at the other, John Renard broadens our concepts of what counts as "Islamic theology," situating Islamic theological literature within the context of the emerging sub-discipline of Relational/Comparative Theology. Divided into five parts, students and scholars will find this collection to be an indispensible tool.
John Renard is Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. His many books include Seven Doors to Islam: Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims, Windows on the House of Islam, Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood, and Tales of God's Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation, all from UC Press.
Preface Acknowledgments Part One The Science of Interpretation: Reading the Sacred Sources 1 Qur'an and Hadith 2 Interpreting the Sacred Sources Part Two The Science of Community: Mapping the Boundaries of True Belief 3 Muslim Awareness of Other Religious Communities 4 Creed and Polemic Part Three The Science of Divine Unity: Schools and Themes in Systematic Theology 5 Theological Schools and Principles 6 Major Themes in Systematic Theology Part Four The Science of Hearts: Spirituality and Literature 7 Knowledge and the Spiritual Quest 8 Poetic, Pastoral, and Narrative Theology Part Five The Science of Character and Comportment: Ethics and Governance 9 Ethics in Theory 10 Ethics in Practice Notes Appendix: Synoptic/Comparative Table of Texts Acknowledgments of Permissions Index of Names of Persons General Index Index of Qur'anic Citations