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Interpretations of Islam


Past and Present


by Emmanuel Sivan



About the Book:

    This timely collection of essays has as its theme the way modern Muslims themselves look at their past and present. Professor Sivan has used Muslim authors as his source for what many will consider a stimulating and often controversial contribution to the field of Islamic studies. The legacy of the Middle Ages in the form of the Crusades serves as a stepping stone from which the author begins his examination of a history that in modern times has become increasingly politicized. Among other topics examined are: the attitude of intellectuals to political power and the sanctity of Jerusalem; Edward Said's controversial book Orientalism; and the ways colonialist ideas have distorted the image of Islam. Professor Sivan explores diverse aspects of these themes, casting his net far and wide, and encompassing medieval and contemporary Islamic history, Mashriq and Maghrib, and the often clashing views of the Muslim native and that of the European colonizer.


About the Author:

    Emmanuel Sivan, Professor of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is the editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly, and has written a number of other studies on Middle Eastern history. While a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), he prepared these essays for publication.



A serious contribution to the study of contemporary Muslim historical thought. The essays are written in a clear, concise style, and each is replete with elaborate notes. The volume is essential reading for both students and specialists concerned with modern Islam and is highly recommended to academic libraries.



Publication date: 1985

Notes; index

Size: 6 x 9 (15.2 x 22.9 cm); 256 pages

CIP L.C. 84-070415

ISBN 978-0-87850-049-9  $19.95  (Out of print)