Islam, Christianity and Tradition Paperback

A Comparative Exploration

by Ian R Netton;

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Islam, Christianity and Tradition

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Offers a unique comparative exploration of the role of tradition in Islam and Christianity. The idea of 'tradition' has enjoyed a variety of senses and definitions in Islam and Christianity, but both have cleaved at certain times to a supposedly 'golden age' of tradition from the past. In comparing the role of tradition in Islam and Christianity, key themes are explored: / The roles of authority / Fundamentalism / The use of reason / Ijtihad (independent thinking) / Original comparisons between Islamic Salafism and Christian Lefebvrism The author suggests there has been a chain of thinkers from classical Islam to the twentieth century who share a common interest in ijtihad (or independent thinking). Drawing on past and present evidence, and using Christian tradition as a focus for contrast and comparison, the author highlights the seemingly paradoxical harmony between tradition and itjihad in Islam. The author draws on a variety of primary and secondary sources including contemporary newspaper and journal articles, documents and letters, adding an immediacy to a lucid and stimulating text.Key Features / Proposes a new vocabulary for the articulation of Islam / Offers original comparisons between Salafism and Lefebvrism / Highlights the paradoxical harmony between tradition and itjihad in Islam / Articulates the yearning amongst today's Muslim and Christian traditionalists for a revival of a 'golden age' from whence, they believe, all good traditions derive

Islam, Christianity and Tradition by Ian R Netton was published by Edinburgh University Press in December 2006. The ISBN for Islam, Christianity and Tradition is 9780748623921.

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Page last updated 14th July 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherEdinburgh University Press (December 2006)
Number of Pages256
Thickness23 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code1117319
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