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Author Lav, Daniel, 1975-

Title Radical Islam and the revival of medieval theology / Daniel Lav
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Contents The early and classical Murjiʼa -- Ibn Taymiyya's Polemics on Faith -- The "Murjiʼite" Muslim Brotherhood -- Safar al-Ḥawālī's Ẓāhirat al-irjāʼ -- Salafī Jihādīs and the theology of faith -- Theology and the changing shape of militancy
Summary With a scope that bridges the gap between the study of classical Islam and the modern Middle East, this book uncovers a profound theological dimension in contemporary Islamic radicalism and explores the continued relevance of medieval theology to modern debates. Based on an examination of the thought of the medieval scholar Taq al-D n Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328), the book demonstrates how long-standing fault lines within Sunni Islam have resurfaced in the past half-century to play a major role in such episodes as the Qutbist controversy within the Muslim Brotherhood, the split between radical salaf s and politically quietist ones, the renunciation of militancy by Egyptian and Libyan jihadist groups, and the radicalization of the insurgency in the North Caucasus. This work combines classical Islamic scholarship with a deep familiarity with contemporary radicalism and offers compelling new insights into the structure of modern radical Islam
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ibn Taymīyah, Aḥmad ibn ʻAbd al-Ḥalīm, 1263-1328.
Islam -- Doctrines -- History.
Islamic fundamentalism -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1107009642
113923370X (electronic bk.)
9781139233705 (electronic bk.)