The Idea of Idolatry and the Emergence of Islam
From Polemic to History
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Idea of Idolatry and the Emergence of Islam by G. R. Hawting
Book DescriptionWhy and under what circumstances did the religion of Islam emerge in a remote part of Arabia at the beginning of the seventh century? Traditional scholarship maintains that Islam developed in opposition to the idolatrous and polytheistic religion of the Arabs of Mecca and the surrounding regions. In this study of pre-Islamic Arabian religion, G. R. Hawting adopts a comparative religious perspective to suggest an alternative view. By examining the various bodies of evidence which survive from this period, the Koran and the vast resources of the Islamic tradition, the author argues that in fact Islam arose out of conflict with other monotheists whose beliefs and practices were judged to fall short of true monotheism and were, in consequence, attacked polemically as idolatry. The author is adept at unravelling the complexities of the source material, and students and scholars will find his argument both engaging and persuasive.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521028462
(228mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author G. R. Hawting
First Dynasty of Islam, Hardback (July 2000)
The standard work on this complex period in Arab history is available once again with the addition of a new introduction by the author which examines recent significant contributions to scholarship in the field.
Idea of Idolatry and the Emergence of Islam, Hardback (December 1999)
This study seeks to explain the emergence of Islam in seventh-century Arabia.
Approaches to the Qur'aan, Hardback (April 1993)» View all books by G. R. Hawting
Thirteen essays by leading scholars reflect on the range of modern perspectives on the Qur'an and on the Muslim exegetical tradition. Taken together, they provide a sample of the aims, methods and topics of enquiry now being pursued.
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