n Journal for Islamic Studies - Rethinking Islamic Studies: From Orientalism to Cosmopolitanism, Carl Ernst & Richard Martin (Eds.) : book review

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0257-7062



Twenty five years ago, Richard Martin (Professor of Islamic Studies and History of Religions at Emory University) edited papers that formed the contents of (University of Arizona Press 1985). These papers charted pathways of thinking about Islamic studies within Religious Studies. As a sequel, Carl Ernst (University of North Carolina) teamed up with Martin to edit this volume under review. Ernst and Martin contend in their 'Introduction: Towards a Post-Orientalist Approach to Islamic Religious Studies' (pp. 1-22) that historians of religion specializing in Islamic studies have applied new theories such as 'Critical Theory' and 'Cosmopolitanism' and have effectively transformed 'Orientalism,' a tradition of scholarship that was developed in Europe.

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