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Sufism East and West

Mystical Islam and Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Modern World

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Edited by Jamal Malik and Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh

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Locating the Sharīʿa

Legal Fluidity in Theory, History and Practice

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Edited by Sohaira Siddiqui

The study of the sharīʿa has enjoyed a renaissance in the last two decades and it will continue to attract interdisciplinary attention given the ongoing social, political and religious developments throughout the Muslim world. With such a variety of debates, and a corresponding multitude of theoretical methods, students and non-scholars are often overwhelmed by the complexity of the field. Even experts will often need to consult multiple sources to understand these new voices and provide accessible answers to specialist and non-specialist audiences alike. This volume is intended for both the novice and expert as a companion to understanding the evolution of the field of Islamic law, the current work that is shaping this field, and the new directions the sharīʿa will take in the twenty-first/fifteenth century.

Contributors are Khaled Abou El Fadl, Asma Afsaruddin Ahmad Ahmad, Sarah Albrecht, Ovamir Anjum, Dale Correa, Robert Gleave, Sohail Hanif, Rami Koujah, Marion Katz, Asifa Quraishi-Landes, David Warren and Salman Younas.
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Edited by Oliver Scharbrodt, Samim Akgönül, Ahmet Alibašić, Jørgen S. Nielsen and Egdunas Racius

From Volume 7 onwards, new format with a more current and topical focus on a country level.

The Yearbook of Muslims in Europe is an essential resource for analysis of Europe's dynamic Muslim populations. Featuring up-to-date research from forty-three European countries, this comprehensive reference work summarizes significant activities, trends, and developments.

Each new volume reports on the most current information available from surveyed countries, offering an annual overview of statistical and demographic data, topical issues of public debate, shifting transnational networks, change to domestic and legal policies, and major activities in Muslim organisations and institutions. Supplementary data is gathered from a variety of sources and evaluated according to its reliability.

In addition to offering a relevant framework for original research, the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe provides an invaluable source of reference for government and NGO officials, journalists, policy-makers, and related research institutions.
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Edited by Marianne Bøe

This volume of Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe covers Norway and consists of an annotated collection of legal documents affecting the status of Islam and Muslims. The legal texts are published in the original Norwegian language while the annotations and supporting material are in English. By legal documents are meant the texts of legislation, including relevant secondary legislation, as well as significant court decisions. Each legal text is preceded by an introduction describing the historical, political and legal circumstances of its adoption, plus a short paragraph summarising its content. The focus of the collection is on the religious dimensions of being Muslim in Europe, i.e. on individuals' access to practise their religious obligations and on the ability to organise and manifest their religious life.
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John Waldmeir

For the writers and artists in In-Between Identities: Signs of Islam in Contemporary American Writing, contemporary Muslim American identity is neither singular nor fixed. Rather than dismiss the tradition in favor of more secular approaches, however, all of the figures here discover in Muhammad’s revelation resources for affirming such uncertainty. For them, the Qur’anic notion of a divine “sign” validates creation, even that creativity born of contrasting if not competing assumptions about identity. To develop this claim, individual chapters in the book discuss Muslim faith in the work of poets Naomi Shihab Nye, Kazim Ali, Tyson Amir and Amir Sulaiman; novelists Mohja Kahf, Rabih Alameddine, and Willow Wilson; illustrator Sandow Birk; playwright Ayad Akhtar; and the online record of the 30 Mosques in 30 Days project.
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John C. Waldmeir

Alameddine is not Muslim but Druz. However, his Lebanese heritage, coupled with his experiences in the U.S., make him an acute observer of the stories that multiple faith traditions tell about themselves and their respective cultures. In his novels, these tales interact in ways that suggest a basis for common ground between diverse religions and cultures.

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John C. Waldmeir

The chapter locates contemporary Islam in the United States as part of a culture of pluralism by detailing the findings of filmmaker Bassam Tariq and comedian/performer Aman Ali during their cross-country travel project titled 30 Mosques in 30 Days. It also examines the depiction of American pluralism in the work of artist Sandow Birk, who illustrated an English-language Qur’an with scenes from current American life.

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John C. Waldmeir

This chapter begins with the fundamental insight of Sherman Jackson that Blackamerican Islam moves between the twin poles of faith and resistance. The work of hip hop artists Tyson Amir and Amir Sulaiman provide key examples of Jackson’s thesis, and together they reveal how the tradition has developed since the early work of a poet like Marvin X..

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John C. Waldmeir

Kahf’s poetry and prose provide not only a feminist perspective on the faith but, more specifically, they ground that perspective on an Islamic notion of the body as “sign” of God’s compassion and mercy.

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John C. Waldmeir

Introduces the two theoretical concepts that will guide this study, the notion of a Muslim American identity lived “in between” physical locations such as the United States and a country of origin, as well as between spiritual attitudes and religious assumptions, such as rigid orthodoxies and progressive interpretations. The introduction argues that the history of the Qur’an itself bears the marks of such in-between development, particularly in its notion of the world as a “sign” of God’s creativity.