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Description - Magic in Islam by Michael Muhammad Knight

The progenitor of "Muslim punk rock" and one of today's freshest spiritual voices pushes back against the common assumption that the historic faiths have no occult or magical tradition in this richly learned historical and personal journey through the practice of magic in Islam. MAGIC IN ISLAM offers a look at magical and occult technologies throughout Muslim history, starting with Islam's earliest and most canonical sources. In addition to providing a highly accessible introduction to magic as it is defined, practised, condemned and defended within Muslim traditions, MAGIC IN ISLAM challenges common assumptions about organised religion. Michael Muhammad Knight's deeply original book fills a gap within existing literature on the place of magic in Islamic traditions and opens a new window on Islam for general readers and students of religion alike. In doing so, the book counters and complicates widespread perceptions of Islam, as well as of magic as it is practised outside of European contexts. MAGIC IN ISLAM, also, challenges our view of "organised religions" as clearly defined systems that can be reduced to checklists of key doctrines, texts and rules. As a result, Magic in Islam throws a spanner into the conventions of the "intro to Islam" genre, threatening to reverse popular notions of a religion's "centre" and "margins."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780399176708
ISBN-10: 0399176705
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: TarcherPerigee
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2016
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael Muhammad Knight

Michael Muhammad Knight became a Muslim at sixteen after reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X. He is the author of ten previous books, including The Taqwacores, Tripping with Allah: Islam, Drugs and Writing and Why I am a Five Percenter. He lives in North Carolina.

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