Routledge – 2006 – 224 pages
Islamic Thought is a fresh and contemporary introduction to the philosophies and doctrines of Islam. Abdullah Saeed, a distinguished Muslim scholar, traces the development of religious knowledge in Islam, from the pre-modern to the modern period. The book focuses on Muslim thought, as well as the development, production and transmission of religious knowledge, and the trends, schools and movements that have contributed to the production of this knowledge. Key topics in Islamic culture are explored, including the development of the Islamic intellectual tradition, the two foundation texts, the Qur’an and Hadith, legal thought, theological thought, mystical thought, Islamic Art, philosophical thought, political thought, and renewal, reform and rethinking today. Through this rich and varied discussion, Saeed presents a fascinating depiction of how Islam was lived in the past and how its adherents practise it in the present. Islamic Thought is essential reading for students beginning the study of Islam but will also interest anyone seeking to learn more about one of the world’s great religions.
'Islamic Thought is ideal for anyone who wants to understand more about Muslim beliefs and the Islamic faith.' - Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky, USA
'Saeed’s book is simple and admirably concise and would serve as a good introduction' - Anthony McRoy
Introduction 1. Islamic Thought and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge 2. The Qur’an: The Primary Foundation Text of Islam 3. The Sunnah of the Prophet 4. Islamic Legal Thought 5. Islamic Theological Thought 6. Mystical Thought: Sufism 7. Artistic Expressions 8. Philosophical Thought 9. Islamic Political Thought 10. Renewal, Reform and Muslim Modernism. Epilogue: Key Trends in Islamic Thought Today
Abdullah Saeed is the Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies, and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has written widely on Islam and contemporary Muslim issues and is the author and editor of a number of books, including Interpreting the Qur’an (2006), Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Indonesia (editor, 2005), Freedom of Religion, Apostasy and Islam (co-author 2004), Islam and Political Legitimacy (co-editor 2004), Islam in Australia (2003) and Islamic Banking and Interest (1996).