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Islamic Reform and Conservatism: Al-azhar and the Evolution of Modern Sunni Islam

Islamic Reform and Conservatism: Al-azhar and the Evolution of Modern Sunni Islam
Indira Falk Gesink

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The famed reform debates at al-Azhar Madrasa in nineteenth-century Cairo - one of the most influential centres of religious study in Sunni Islam - were enormously influential for twentieth-century Islamic thought. In this book Indira Gesink argues that narratives of these debates overemphasize the roles of famous modernists like Muhammad 'Abduh, obscuring important themes. By restoring conservative voices to the debate, she shows that conservative 'ulama engaged many of the same issues as reformers and led committees that generated and implemented reforms; ultimately, conservative leaders at al-Azhar provided crucial legitimacy for the reforms to become rooted in public life. Drawing on obscure, but important, archival sources to illustrate the important contributions of conservative scholars to the evaluation of twentieth-century Sunni Islam, "Islamic Reform and Conservatism" is indispensable for all those interested in the modern Middle East, religious history, secularism, modernism and religious reform.

Author Info

Indira Falk Gesink is Associate Professor of History at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. She received her PhD in History from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000, and lived in Egypt in 1995-1996 and 1998.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: Library of Modern Religion

Hardback
ISBN: 9781845119362
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2009
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: Illustrations

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