LAW AND RELIGION FORUM

Next month, Cambridge University Press will publish The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity: Allah and his People by Aziz Al-Azmeh (Central European University, Budapest). The publisher’s description follows.The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity

Based on epigraphic and other material evidence as well as more traditional literary sources and critical review of the extensive relevant scholarship, this book presents a comprehensive and innovative reconstruction of the rise of Islam as a religion and imperial polity. It reassesses the development of the imperial monotheism of the New Rome, and considers the history of the Arabs as an integral part of Late Antiquity, including Arab ethnogenesis and the emergence of what was to become Muslim monotheism, comparable with the emergence of other monotheisms from polytheistic systems. Topics discussed include the emergence and development of the Muhammadan polity and its new cultic deity and associated ritual, the constitution of the Muslim canon, and the development of early Islam…

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