Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Introduction: Religious Authority And Religious Authorities In Muslim Societies. A Critical Overview

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Religious authority is an elusive concept and difficult to define. The present volume is concerned with religious authorities, men and women claiming, projecting and exerting religious authority within a given context. The status of the sunna, the collection of reports on the sayings, deeds and practices of Muhammad as a source of religious authority is less clearly defined and more controversial. There is little argument concerning the crucial importance of the Qur'an to Islam and the Islamic tradition. Indeed, Islam may be considered the scriptural religion par excellence. The study of women in Islamic scholarship narrowly defined is slowly developing. The volume has a strong focus on Middle Eastern Muslim majority societies in the period from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries; one paper deals with a Sufi network of Middle Eastern origin operating in the United States of America and Western Europe.

Keywords: Islam; Middle Eastern muslims; Qur'an; religious authorities; sunna; women in Islamic scholarship



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Speaking for Islam — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation