Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3195: Islam Contested: Faith, Thought and Politics in the Contemporary World

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:


Ibrahim Abu Rabi’, ed., The Contemporary Arab Reader on Political Islam (London, 2010)

John L. Esposito, ed. in chief, Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (NY, 2009)

Roxanne L. Euben & M. Qasim Zaman, ed., Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought: Texts and contexts from al-Banna to Bin Laden (Princeton, 2009)

Samira Haj, Reconfiguring Islamic Tradition:reform, rationality, and modernity (Stanford, 2009)

Meri Hatina, ed., Guardians of Faith in Modern Times: ‘Ulama’ in the Middle East (Leiden, 2009)

Charles Kurzman, ed., Liberal Islam: a source-book (New York, 1998)

Joseph E.B. Lumbard, ed., Islam, Fundamentalism and the Betrayal of Tradition: essays by western Muslim scholars (Bloomington, 2004)

Muhammad Khalid Masud, A. Salvatore and M. van Bruinessen, ed., Islam and Modernity: key issues and debates (Edinburgh, 2009)

Roel Meijer, ed., Global Salafism: Islam’s new religious movement (London, 2009)

Vali Nasr, The Shia Revival: how conflicts within Islam will shape the future (NY, 2006)

Ali Rahnema, ed., Pioneers of Islamic Revival (London, 1994)

Omid Safi, ed., Progressive Muslims: on gender, justice and pluralism (Oxford, 2003)

Suha Taji-Farouki & B. M. Nafi, ed., Islamic Thought in the Twentieth Century (London, 2004)

Suha Taji-Farouki, ed., Modern Muslim Intellectuals and the Qur’an (Oxford, 2004)

Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age: religious authority and internal criticism (Cambridge, 2012)