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Title Religious knowledge, authority, and charisma : Islamic and Jewish perpspectives / edited by Daphna Ephrat and Meir Hatina ; foreword by Dale F. Eickelman
Published Salt Lake City [Utah] : The University of Utah Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (351 pages)
Series Utah series in Middle East studies
Utah series in Middle East studies.
Contents A Note on Transliteration, Dates, and Periodization; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; I. Constructions of Religious Leadership in the Formative Period; Overview; 1. Authority within the Hanbali Madhhab; 2. Restoring the Prophet's Authority, Rejecting Taqlid; 3. Succession of the Prophets; 4. Oral Torah; II. Centralization and Diffusion of Authority in the Middle Period; Overview; 5. Spiritual Heirs of the Prophet; 6. ʻUlamaʼ of Damascus and Ottoman ʻUlamaʼ; 7. Books, Commentators, and the Democratization of Knowledge in the Geonic Period; III. Knowledge and Leadership
Overview8. The Rise of a Charismatic Mujahid; 9. Martyrs as Preachers; 10. The New Media and Islamic Activism; 11. Charisma and Politics in the Evolution of Modern Shiʻi Leadership; 12. In Search of Religious Authority; Appendix A; Appendix B; 13. Maggid or Prediger?; 14. The Religious Career Opportunities of Lay Preachers; Notes; Contributors; Index; Utah Series in Middle East Studies
Summary "The issue of religious authority has long fascinated and ignited scholars across a range of disciplines: history, anthropology, the sociology of religion, and political science. Religious Knowledge, Authority, and Charisma juxtaposes religious leadership in premodern and modern Islam with examples from the Judaic tradition. By illustrating various iterations of authority in numerous historical and cultural contexts, this volume offers fresh insights into the nature of institutions of learning and other systems of establishing and disseminating authority, the mechanisms for cultivating committed adherents, and the processes by which religious leadership is polarized and fragmented. Contributors tease out the sources and types of authority that emerged out of the Sunni and Shi'i milieu and the evolution of Muslim elites who served as formulators and disseminators of knowledge and practice. Comparative insights are provided by the examination of ideological and historical developments among Jewish sages who inculcated similar modes of authority from within their traditions. The rigorous exploration of the dynamic interface of knowledge and power in Islam and Judaism serves to highlight a number of present tensions common to both religions. By intertwining a historical span that traces trajectories of continuity and change, integrative discussion of cross-sectional themes, and comparative perspectives, this volume makes a distinct contribution."-- Provided by publisher
Notes Cover photo: The Lesson (oil on canvas) by Rudolphe Ernst (1854-1932)/Private Collection/The Bridgeman Art Library. back cover: Jewish Scholars Debating (oil on board) by Josef Johann Suss (1857-1937)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Authority -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Authority -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Charisma (Personality trait) -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Charisma (Personality trait) -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
Knowledge, Theory of (Religion)
Form Electronic book
Author Eickelman, Dale F., 1942-
Ephrat, Daphna.
Hatina, Meir.
ISBN 1607812797 (e-book)
9781607812791 (e-book)