The Oxford handbook of Islamic theology /

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Imprint:Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014-2016.
Description:1 online resource.
Series:Oxford handbooks online
Oxford handbooks online.
Subject:Islam -- Doctrines.
Islam -- Doctrines.
Format: E-Resource Journal
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Varying Form of Title:Handbook of Islamic theology
Islamic theology
Other authors / contributors:Schmidtke, Sabine, editor.
Frequency:Monthly, 2014-2016
ISBN:9780191756924 (online resource) : No price
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Theology provides a comprehensive and authoritative survey of the current state of the field. It provides a variegated picture of the state of the art and at the same time suggests new directions for future research. Part One covers the various strands of Islamic theology during the formative and early middle periods, rational as well as scripturalist. To demonstrate the continuous interaction among the various theological strands and its repercussions (during the formative and early middle period and beyond), Part Two offers a number of case studies. Part Three covers Islamic theology during the later middle and early modern periods. Part Four addresses the impact of political and social developments on theology through a number of case studies. Part Five considers Islamic theological thought from the end of the early modern to the modern period.
Other form:Print version : 9780199696703
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The study of Islam tends to focus on the Koran, history, beliefs, practices (both ritual and ethical), and political issues, but now the "Oxford Handbooks" series offers a wide-ranging historical presentation of Islam theology. Scholars (kalam) and traditionalists alike drew on the Koran and the prophetic tradition (Sunna) to address questions about Allah and relations between the deity and the world, but rationalists went further to think and write about the world as well as the deity. Thus the rich intellectual history of Islamic theology evidences not only a wide range of themes and topics but also sharp exchanges between competing schools. Schmidtke (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) divides the 41 essays in this volume into five sections. The historical sections cover the formative, middle (11th-19th centuries), and modern periods and examine Mu'tazilite, Ash'arite, Maaturidite, and Sufi theologies along with theology in Ottoman, Asian, and Indian lands. The topical sections deal with relations among Islamic theologians and between Muslim theologians and their non-Muslim environments. Given its scope and the uniformly high quality of the essays, this volume will be an excellent resource/textbook for those interested in Islamic theology and philosophy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. --Larry J. Alderink, Concordia College

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