Islamic Reformism and Christianity: A Critical Reading of the Works of Muḥammad Rashīd Riḍā and His Associates (1898-1935)

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BRILL, 2009 - Religion - 387 pages
No previous full-scale study has been undertaken so far to study the polemical writings of the Muslim reformist Muhammad Rashid Rida (1865-1935) and his associates in his well-known journal al-Manar (The Lighthouse). The book focuses on the dynamicsof Muslim understanding of Christianity during the late 19th and the early 20th century in the light of al-Manar's sources of knowledge, and its answers to the social, political and theological aspects of missionary movements in the Muslim World of Rida's age. The basis of the analysis encompasses the voluminous publications by Rida and other Manarists in his journal. Besides, it makes use of newly-discovered materials, including Rida's private papers, and some other remaining personal archives of some of his associates.
 

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Contents

With Special
23
Attitudes towards Syrian Christians
67
Rashīd Riās Perceptions of
125
False Allegations or Proofs? Riās Formative Polemics
175
Riās Arabic Edition
213
Tawfīq idqīs Contributions to alManār
243
Christianity as Reflected in Riās
277
Conclusion
307
Bibliography
321
Index
379
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About the author (2009)

Umar Ryad, Ph.D. in Islamic Studies (2008), University of Leiden, has studied at Al-Azhar and Leiden University. He is assistant-professor at the Leiden Institute of Religious Studies. His research includes the modern history of Muslim-Christian relations, developments of Muslim reformist thought and transnational Muslim movements in inter-war Europe.

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