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  1.  1
    Did Premodern Muslims Distinguish the Religious and Secular? The Dīn–Dunyā Binary in Medieval Islamic Thought.Rushain Abbasi - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):185-225.
    This article challenges the widely-held belief, within and outside academia, that premodern Muslims did not make a distinction between the religious and secular. I explore the issue by examining several usages of the dīn – dunyā binary across diverse genres of medieval Islamic writings and assessing to what extent it accords with or diverges from the categories of the religious and secular as commonly used in the modern Western world. I situate my particular counter-claim vis-à-vis the argument against the relevance (...)
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    Sufism in Central Asia: New Perspectives on Sufi Traditions, 15th–21st Centuries Edited by Devin DeWeese and Jo-Ann Gross. [REVIEW]Daniel Beben - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):270-274.
    Sufism in Central Asia: New Perspectives on Sufi Traditions, 15th–21st Centuries Edited by DeWeeseDevin and GrossJo-Ann, xviii + 340 pp. Price HB $126.00. EAN 978–9004367876.
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  3. Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement By Alexander ThurstonSearching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa By Scott MacEachern.Oliver Coates - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):280-283.
    Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement By ThurstonAlexander, viii + 333 pp. Price HB £24.00. EAN 978–0691172248.
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    Portraiture in South Asia Since the Mughals: Art, Representation and History Edited by Crispin Branfoot.Daniel Ehnbom - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):266-267.
    Portraiture in South Asia since the Mughals: Art, Representation and History Edited by BranfootCrispin, xviii + 270 pp. Price HB £75.00. EAN 978–1780767246.
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    Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast By Sebastian R. Prange.R. Michael Feener - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):264-266.
    Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast By PrangeSebastian R., xvi + 344 pp. Price HB £90.00. EAN 978–1108334860.
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    Ibn Khaldun: An Intellectual BiographyBy Robert Irwin.Paul L. Heck - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):258-260.
    Ibn Khaldun: An Intellectual Biography By IrwinRobert, xxi + 243 pp. Price HB £24.00. EAN 978–0691174662.
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  7. Traces of Mysticism in Ibn Al-Jawzī’s Thought; an Examination of His Baḥr Al-Dumūʿ.Pascal Held - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):141-172.
    This study attempts to show that the well-known Ḥanbalī scholar Ibn al-Jawzī was not, as commonly assumed, intrinsically opposed to mystical endeavours, but in fact himself had mystical inclinations. The basis for this argument is the previously unstudied Baḥr al-dumūʿ. A detailed examination of selected sections of this work reveals a relatively comprehensive, developed idea of the mystical path. This path sees man, upon being inspired by divine love, as desiring and later encountering God, leading to intoxication and intimacy with (...)
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    Women and the Making of the Mongol Empire By Anne F. Broadbridge.Stefan Kamola - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):261-263.
    Women and the Making of the Mongol Empire By BroadbridgeAnne F., xxii + 341 pp. Price PB £24.99. EAN 978–1108441001.
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  9. Dispatches From Cairo to India: Editors, Publishing Houses, and a Republic of Letters.Ahmad Khan - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):226-255.
    This article documents the existence of a vibrant republic of letters stretching from Cairo to Karachi in the middle of the twentieth century. On the basis of private letters, memoirs, and modern editions of classical texts, this article recreates the scholarly and personal commitments of a new class of professional editors. These editors were responsible for the emergence of some of the most influential publishing houses in the Islamic world, and their contribution to the production and circulation of pre-modern texts (...)
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    Interpreting Averroes: Critical Essays Edited by Peter Adamson and Matteo Di Giovanni.Oliver Leaman - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):256-258.
    Interpreting Averroes: Critical Essays Edited by AdamsonPeter and Di GiovanniMatteo, ix + 262 pp. Price HB £75.00. EAN 978–1107114883.
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  11. Slavery and Empire in Central Asia By Jeff Eden.Scott C. Levi - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):274-276.
    Slavery and Empire in Central Asia By EdenJeff, ix + 227 pp. Price HB £75.00. EAN 978–1108470513.
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  12. Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria By Ebenezer Obadare.Mark Fathi Massoud - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):284-285.
    Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria By ObadareEbenezer, xviii + 214 pp. Price PB £16.99. EAN 978–1786992376.
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  13. Arts of Allusion: Object, Ornament, and Architecture in Medieval Islam By Margaret S. Graves.Marcus Milwright - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):268-269.
    Arts of Allusion: Object, Ornament, and Architecture in Medieval Islam By GravesMargaret S., xi + 339 pp. Price HB £55.00. EAN 978–0190695910.
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  14. Revival From Below: The Deoband Movement and Global Islam By Brannon D. Ingram.Moin Ahmad Nizami - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):276-279.
    Revival from Below: The Deoband Movement and Global Islam By IngramBrannon D., x + 315 pp. Price PB £24.00. EAN 978–0520298002.
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  15. The Muslim Conquest of the City of Al-Ubulla.Irsan Ramini & Heba Al-Zuraiqi - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):173-184.
    This paper discusses the dating of the Muslim conquest of the southern Iraqi port city of al-Ubulla. Arab historians give two conflicting accounts of the event: one puts it in the year 14 ah; the other in the year 16 ah. Modern scholars for their part have made no serious attempt to reconcile the two accounts. They have linked the disagreement with the traditional rivalry between Basran and Kufan historians and, generally, tended to prefer the latter account. This paper takes (...)
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    Human Rights, Islam and the Failure of Cosmopolitanism By June Edmunds.Jeroen Vlug - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (2):286-290.
    Human Rights, Islam and the Failure of Cosmopolitanism By EdmundsJune, vi + 174 pp. Price HB £90.00. EAN 978–1317612414.
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    The Al-Ghazali Enigma and Why Shariʿa is Not Islamic Law By Haifaa G. Khalafallah.Hatsuki Aishima - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):111-113.
    The al-Ghazali Enigma and Why Shariʿa is Not Islamic Law By KhalafallahHaifaa G., vii + 288 pp. Price HB £60.00. EAN 978–1781792957.
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    The Kalām-I Pīr and its Place in the Central Asian Ismaʿili Tradition.Daniel Beben - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):70-102.
    This paper is a study of the Kalām-i pīr, a text on religious doctrine preserved among the Ismaʿili Shiʿi community of the Badakhshan region of Central Asia, attributed to the fifth/eleventh-century Ismaʿili author Nāṣir-i Khusraw. An edition and translation of this work was first published by Wladimir Ivanow, who judged it to be a ‘forgery’ by the tenth/sixteenth-century Ismaʿili missionary Khayrkhwāh Harātī. Ivanow concluded that while the text overall holds value as a specimen of Ismaʿili doctrinal writing, its first chapter, (...)
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    Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism By Mohammad Hassan Khalil.Katherine E. Brown - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):135-137.
    Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism By KhalilMohammad Hassan, ix + 195 pp. Price PB £19.99. EAN 978–1108432757.
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    The World in a Book: Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic Encyclopedic Tradition By Elias Muhanna.Amina Elbendary - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):113-116.
    The World in a Book: Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic Encyclopedic Tradition By MuhannaElias, xiii + 214 pp. Price HB £30.00. EAN 978-0691175560.
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    Sharīʿa Scripts: A Historical Anthropology By Brinkley Messick.R. Michael Feener - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):108-110.
    Sharīʿa Scripts: A Historical Anthropology By MessickBrinkley, xii + 519 pp. Price HB £54.00. EAN 978–0231178747.
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    Princely Authority in the Early Marwānid State: The Life of ʿAbd Al-ʿAzīz Ibn Marwān (D. 86/705) By Joshua Mabra.Gerald Hawting - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):116-119.
    Princely Authority in the Early Marwānid State: The Life of ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Marwān By MabraJoshua, xiii + 214 pp. Price HB $95.00. EAN 978–1463206321.
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  23. Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda Edited by Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss.Peter Hill - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):126-129.
    Arabic Thought beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda Edited by HanssenJens and WeissMax, xxiii + 437 pp. Price HB £75.00. EAN 978–1107136335.
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  24. Non-Muslim Provinces Under Early Islam: Islamic Rule and Iranian Legitimacy in Armenia and Caucasian Albania By Alison Vacca.Hugh Kennedy - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):122-123.
    Non-Muslim Provinces under Early Islam: Islamic Rule and Iranian Legitimacy in Armenia and Caucasian Albania By VaccaAlison, xvi + 270 pp. Price HB £75.00. EAN 978–1107188518.
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    The Caliphate at War: The Ideological, Organisational and Military Innovations of Islamic State By Ahmed S. Hashim.Isaac Kfir - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):133-135.
    The Caliphate at War: The Ideological, Organisational and Military Innovations of Islamic State By HashimAhmed S., ix + 379 pp. Price HB £25.00. EAN 978–1849046435.
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  26. Sea of the Caliphs: The Mediterranean in the Medieval Islamic World By Christophe Picard, Translated by Nicholas Elliott.Hassan S. Khalilieh - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):119-122.
    Sea of the Caliphs: The Mediterranean in the Medieval Islamic World By PicardChristophe, translated by ElliottNicholas, xi + 395 pp. Price HB £25.95. EAN 978–0674660465.
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    To Flower and Fructify: Rational Religion and the Seeds of Islam in Nazir Ahmad’s (1830–1912) Late-Career Religious Non-Fiction.Elizabeth Lhost - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):31-69.
    Known primarily for his popular and moralizing novels, Nazir Ahmad’s accomplishments as a scholar of Islam are often omitted from his biography. Yet in addition to working for the British Government of India, participating in Muslim social, political, and educational initiatives on the subcontinent, and demonstrating his linguistic and legal acumen by translating the law codes of British India into vernacular Urdu, Nazir Ahmad also translated religious texts and penned his own original compositions on themes of religion, society, and ethics. (...)
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    Dreams of Destiny and Omens of Greatness: Exceptionalism in Ottoman Political and Historical Thought.Ethan L. Menchinger - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):1-30.
    This article uses dreams, portents, and prognostications as an entry point into what some scholars have recently called ‘Ottoman exceptionalism’. Drawing on sources in Turkish and Arabic, it traces beliefs about the Ottoman dynasty and empire’s superiority, divine favour, and special role in history from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. I begin with the ‘seeds’ of the topic in the empire’s early years and myths of origin, including a number of dream stories, before moving to full-scale political exceptionalism. Looking (...)
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    The Qurʾan and the Just Society By Ramon Harvey. Foreword by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem.Edward Moad - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):103-108.
    The Qurʾan and the Just Society By HarveyRamon. Foreword by Abdel HaleemM. A. S., x + 276 pp. Price HB £80.00. EAN 978–1474403290.
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    Youth and Revolution in the Changing Middle East, 1908–2014 By Haggai Erlich.William Ryle-Hodges - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):129-133.
    Youth and Revolution in the Changing Middle East, 1908–2014 By ErlichHaggai, xi + 339 pp. Price HB £49.95. EAN 978–1626371712.
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  31. The First of the Modern Ottomans: The Intellectual History of Ahmed Vasıf By Ethan L. Menchinger.Madeline C. Zilfi - 2020 - Journal of Islamic Studies 31 (1):124-126.
    The First of the Modern Ottomans: The Intellectual History of Ahmed Vasıf By MenchingerEthan L., xxx + 319 pp. Price HB £75.00. EAN 978–1107197978.
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