Activism and Quietism in Islam: The case of the early Murji'a

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This chapter is concerned with establishing the political character of early Murji'ism; I shall argue, against the prevailing view, that it was activist. By way of essential background, I shall begin by sketching the little we know about early Murji'ism in general. At the end, I shall place myfindings in the context of the wider question of activism and quietism in Islam. The research on which I am drawing here is presented in detail in a forthcoming monograph on the sources for the study of the Murji'ite and Qadarite controversies in early Islam.1 The source-critical character of my research will be obvious even in the summary treatment given here: There will be more discussion of sources than of politics. Sources are less interesting than politics; but this presentation may at least help to bring horne how thin are the threads from which our modern interpretations hang.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationIslam and Power
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781134608300
ISBN (Print)9780415830751
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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