Maribel Fierro, responsable de la edición de la obra "Orthodoxy and Heresy in Islam. Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies"

To what extent can concepts such as orthodoxy and heresy -originating from a different religious and cultural tradition- be applied in an Islamic context? This new Routledge collection of major works synthesizes the latest scholarship to address and answer this question. It explores the terminology on religious ‘deviation’ found in Islamic texts, and looks at specific debated issues that shed light on the implications of the theoretical discussions.
 
The issue of sectarianism and its different aspects is also examined: heresiography, politics, construction of the other, internal ecumenism, concepts of belief and religious membership. Orthodoxy and Heresy in Islam also deals with different cases of accusations of religious deviation and the consequences they had for those accused, exploring the legal implications of the accusations, the intervention of different agents (rulers, scholars and other figures of religious authority, the populace) and the extent to which institutions devoted to persecuting religious deviants were developed in Islamic societies.
 
The work details cases of accusations of apostasy and blasphemy both against God and against the Prophet. The development of the Muslim belief in the finality of prophecy was linked to the debated issue of religious revival and reform, as well as with the existence of figures close to the prophets - among them, the Sufis and the mahdis - and even of new prophets. The choice of this topic - crucial in the history of Islamic societies - has to do with its potential to give rise to fears of communal disintegration, and religious and political dissent, even of free-thinking - but also to usher renewal and change. An essential refernce text, the audience for such a work is wide: both teachers and students in Islamic studies, Religious Studies, Medieval studies, Sociology, and Anthropology.
 
Parts and volumes of this book:
VOLUME I
Part 1: Orthodoxy and Heresy: Dynamics and Debates
VOLUME II
Part 2: Sects and Heresiography: Inclusion and Exclusion
VOLUME III
Part 3: Accusation, Condemnation and Persecution
VOLUME IV
Part 4: Apostasy and Blasphemy
Part 5: Debating Prophecy: Finality, Continuity and Rejection
 
Ed.: Maribel Fierro (ILC, CCHS-CSIC)
 
Studies, Medieval Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology will all welcome this essential work of reference. To what extent can concepts such as orthodoxy and heresy—originating from a different religious and 
 
cultural tradition—be applied in an Islamic context? This new Routledge collection of major works 
 
synthesizes the latest scholarship to address and answer this question. It explores the terminology on 
 
religious ‘deviation’ found in Islamic texts, and looks at specific debated issues that shed light on the 
 
implications of the theoretical discussions.
 
The readership for this collection will be wide: teachers and students in Islamic Studies, Religious 
 
Studies, Medieval Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology will all welcome this essential work of reference. 
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