Guardians of Islam: Religious Authority and Muslim by Kathryn A. Miller

By Kathryn A. Miller

Muslim enclaves inside of non-Islamic polities are mostly believed to were beleaguered groups present process relentless cultural and non secular decline. bring to an end from the Islamic international, those Muslim teams, it truly is assumed, passively yielded to political, social, and financial forces of assimilation and acculturation prior to ultimately accepting Christian dogma.

Kathryn A. Miller substantially reconceptualizes what she calls the exclave adventure of medieval Muslim minorities. by means of concentrating on the felony students ( faqihs) of fifteenth-century Aragonese Muslim groups and translating little-known and newly came upon texts, she finds a sustained attempt to connect to Muslim coreligionaries and protect perform and trust within the face of Christian affects. dedicated to securing and disseminating Islamic wisdom, those neighborhood specialists intervened in Christian courts on behalf of Muslims, supplied Arabic translations, and taught and urged different Muslims. Miller follows the actions of the faqihs, their discussion with Islamic gurus in close by Muslim polities, their engagement with Islamic texts, and their pursuit of conventional beliefs of religion. She demonstrates that those neighborhood students performed a severe position as cultural mediators, developing scholarly networks and communal unity regardless of dwelling in an atmosphere ruled via Christianity.

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