Islam in the Middle East


A Living Tradition

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This concise book offers a nuanced introduction to Islam in the Middle East. It presentsIslam as both a unified tradition of theological dogma and practices that transcends cultural differences and as a dynamic tradition that is historically informed, locally shaped, and continually reinterpreted. <br /> <ul> <li style=”list-style: none”><br /> </li> <li>Offers numerous ethnographic examples from the Middle East and North Africa<br /> </li> <li>Explores key concepts, including the doctrinal foundations of Islam; the role of religious scholars; the five pillars; and Islamic “orthodoxy”<br /> </li> <li>Includes discussion of spirit-possession cults as integral part of Islamic tradition<br /> </li> <li>Introduces politics and current affairs as key elements in understanding contemporary Islamic discourse</li> </ul>


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