Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy

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Oneworld Publications, Aug 7, 2014 - Religion - 384 pages
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Few things provoke controversy in the modern world like the religion brought by Muhammad. Modern media are replete with alarm over jihad, underage marriage and the threat of amputation or stoning under Shariah law. Sometimes rumor, sometimes based in fact and often misunderstood, the tenets of Islamic law and dogma were not set in the religion’s founding moments. They were developed over centuries by the clerical class of Muslim scholars.

Misquoting Muhammad takes the reader back in time through Islamic civilization and traces how and why such controversies developed, offering an inside view into how key and controversial aspects of Islam took shape. From the protests of the Arab Spring to Istanbul at the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and from the ochre red walls of Delhi’s great mosques to the trade routes of Islam’s Indian Ocean world, Misquoting Muhammad lays out how Muslim intellectuals have sought to balance reason and revelation, weigh science and religion, and negotiate the eternal truths of scripture amid shifting values.

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MISQUOTING MUHAMMAD: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy

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A scholar’s sincere attempt to elucidate the true teachings of the Quran.Eminently qualified to present the finer points of the Prophet Muhammad’s beliefs and teachings, Brown (Islamic Studies ... Read full review

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Jonathan AC Brown is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Muslim–Christian Understanding in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. His publications include, among others, Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction and Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World; he is also the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. He lives in Washington DC.

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