New Islamic studies book releases (Updated March 2016)
by Shirin Ebadi
Published by Penguin Random House; 304 pages; hardback 2016
The first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi has inspired millions around the globe through her work as a human rights lawyer defending women and children against a brutal regime in Iran. Now Ebadi tells her story of courage and defiance in the face of a government out to destroy her, her family, and her mission: to bring justice to the people and the country she loves.
by Caner K. Dagli
Published by Routledge Press; 168 pages; hardback 2016
Ibn al-’Arabi and Islamic Intellectual Culture traces the history of the concept of “oneness of being” (wahdat al-wujud) in the school of Ibn al- ‘Arabi, in order to explore the relationship between mysticism and philosophy in Islamic intellectual life. It examines how the conceptual language used by early mystical writers became increasingly engaged over time with the broader Islamic intellectual culture, eventually becoming integrated with the latter’s common philosophical and theological vocabulary
by Robert Morrison
Published by University of California Press; 448 pages; hardback 2016)
This book contains an edition—with an extensive introduction, translation and commentary—of The Light of the World, a text on theoretical astronomy by Joseph Ibn Nahmias, composed in Judeo-Arabic around 1400 C.E. in the Iberian Peninsula. As the only text on theoretical astronomy written by a Jew in any variety of Arabic, this work is evidence for a continuing relationship between Jewish and Islamic thought in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries.
by Jeff Eden
Published by VOAW, 2015
The story of the Sufi saint Khwaja Muhammad Sharif is one of the best-loved hagiographies from East Turkistan (present-day Xinjiang, China), where the saint’s shrine remains a place of pilgrimage and devotion to this day. The Khwaja’s narrative recounts his adventures as he travels from Central Asia to Hindustan, Mecca, and back again, guided by saintly spirits and working miracles at every turn.
by Intisar A. Rabb
Published by Cambridge University Press (hardback, 2014)
This book considers an important and largely neglected area of Islamic law by exploring how medieval Muslim jurists resolved criminal cases that could not be proven beyond a doubt.
edited by Jocelyne Cesari
(University of Oxford Press; 896 pages; hardback 2014)
The Oxford Handbook of European Islam is the first collection to present a comprehensive approach to the multiple and changing ways Islam has been studied across European countries.
by Mushin J. al-Musawi
(University of Notre Dame Press; 456 pages; paperback 2015).
Through careful exploration of these networks, The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters makes use of relevant theoretical frameworks to situate this culture in the ongoing discussion of non-Islamic and European efforts. Thorough, theoretically rigorous, and nuanced, al-Musawi’s book is an original contribution to a range of fields in Arabic and Islamic cultural history of the twelfth to eighteenth centuries.
by M. Brett Wilson
(Oxford University Press; 352 pages, hardcover 2014).
Focusing on the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, and following the debates to Russia, Egypt, Indonesia, and India, this book tries to answer the question of how this revolution in Qur’anic book culture occurred, considering both intellectual history as well the processes by which the Qur’an became a modern book that could be mechanically reproduced and widely owned.
by Youssef Courbage and Emmanuel Todd; Translated by George Holoch, Jr.
(Columbia University Press; 152 pages; paperback 2014).
The authors argue that there is very little to distinguish the evolution of Islam from the history of Christianity, especially with Muslims now entering a global modernity. Sensitive to demographic variables and their reflection of personal and social truths, Courbage and Todd upend a dangerous meme: that we live in a fractured world close to crisis, struggling with an epidemic of closed cultures and minds made different by religion.
by Brian Catlos
(Cambridge University Press; 645 pages; May 2014).
This comprehensive new study explores how the presence of Islamic minorities transformed Europe in everything from architecture to cooking, literature to science, and served as a stimulus for Christian society to define itself. Combining a series of regional studies, Catlos compares the varied experiences of Muslims across Iberia, southern Italy, the Crusader Kingdoms and Hungary to examine those ideologies that informed their experiences, their place in society and their sense of themselves as Muslims. Audio interview with the author
by Rian Thum
(Harvard University Press; 336 pages; Oct 2014).
Partly insulated from the rest of the Islamic world, the Uyghurs constructed a local history that is at once unique and assimilates elements of Semitic, Iranic, Turkic, and Indic traditions—the cultural imports of Silk Road travelers. Through both ethnographic and historical analysis, Thum offers a new understanding of Uyghur historical practices, detailing the remarkable means by which this people reckons with its past and confronts its nationalist aspirations in the present day.
by Sahar Amer
(University of North Carolina Press; 256 pages; Sept. 2014).
Addressing the significance of veiling in the religious, cultural, political, and social lives of Muslims, past and present, Amer examines the complex roles the practice has played in history, religion, conservative and progressive perspectives, politics and regionalism, society and economics, feminism, fashion, and art.