This collective volume provides an integrative historical and contemporary discussion of Sunni ʿulamaʾ in the Middle East in both an urban and a semi-tribal context. The various chapters reinforce a renewed interest in the position of the ʿulamaʾ in modern times and offer new insights as to their ideological vitality and contribution to the public discourse on moral and sociopolitical issues.
Meir Hatina, Ph.D (1998) is senior lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Author of
Islam and Salvation in Palestine (2001) and
Identity Politics in the Middle East: Liberal Discourse and Islamic Challenge in Egypt (2007), he has published extensively on modern Islamic thought and politics.
"In its whole, this volume is sure to become a valuable tool to both historians and social scientists working on Islamic law and on the social, political and intellectual history of the modern Middle East", Sotirios S. Livas,
Journal of Oriental & African Studies, Volume 18 (2009).
The volume will be of great interest to historians and social scientists working on Islamic law and on the social and intellectual history of the modern Middle East.