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Law and Piety in Medieval Islam (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization)

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The Ayyubid and Mamluk periods were some of the most intellectually fecund in Islamic history. Megan Reid's book, which traverses three centuries from 1170 to 1500, recovers the stories of medieval men and women who were renowned not only for their intellectual prowess but also for their devotional piety. Through these stories, the book examines trends in voluntary religious practice that have been largely overlooked in modern scholarship. This type of piety was distinguished by the pursuit of God's favor through additional rituals, which emphasized the body as an instrument of worship and the rejection of the temptation of worldly pleasures and even society itself. Using an array of sources including manuals of law, fatwa collections, chronicles and obituaries, the book shows what it meant to be a good Muslim in the medieval period and how Islamic law defined holy behavior. In its concentration on personal piety, ritual and religious practice the book offers an intimate perspective on early Islamic society.

Synopsis:

This intimate portrayal of the devotional life in early medieval Islamic society demonstrates how Islamic law defined holy behavior.

About the Author

Megan Reid is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The persistence of asceticism; 2. 'Devote yourself to deeds you can bear': voluntary fasting and bodily piety; 3. Charity, food, and the right of refusal; 4. The devil at the fountain: problems in ritual; Conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521889599
Author:
Reid, Megan H.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Middle East
Copyright:
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.98 x 5.98 in

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History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Islam » General

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