Special Issue "Islamic Origins"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021) | Viewed by 3879
The past three decades have seen an explosion of scholarship on the origins of Islam. Beginning in the late 1970s, several key revisionist studies, such as that of Patricia Crone and John Wansbrough, inspired a new wave of critical scholarship on the origins of Islam. Some of this new sholarship has focused on the connections between late antiquity and early Islam. Others have redoubled efforts to analyze textual traditions in the classical Islamic disciplines of hadith, fiqh, tafsir, sirah, and tabaqat. Giant strides have been made in Quranic studies—history of the text, reception, interpretation, and use of the text, and the relationship of the Quran to the Bible and Jewish and Christian biblical exegesis and oral traditions. Recent and ongoing discoveries in the fields of archaeology and epigraphy continue to offer new insights into the origins of Islam.
This volume aims to explore fresh scholarship on the origins of Islam--not only the interpretation of sources focused on the reconstruction of events in seventh century Arabia, but also and perhaps even more importantly, the origins of "Islam" as a concept and "Muslim" as an identity far beyond the originating experience of the prophet Muhammad and the Quran. To this end, new scholars contribute by examining the beginnings and development of "classical" Islam in the Arab and Iranian lands of the Middle East but also how Muslims and others spread ideas throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
Prof. Brannon Wheeler
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- late antiquity
- Islam in America