Ibn Taymiyya

Pages: 176
Subject: Religion: Islam, History, Biography
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Ibn Taymiyya

Jon Hoover

Introduces the life and thought of the controversial religious scholar who has inspired modernists, Salafis, revivalists, and jihadis
Hardback
9781786076892 (5 Dec 2019)
RRP £25.00 / US$30.00

The Book

Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328) of Damascus was one of the most prominent and controversial religious scholars of medieval Islam. He called for jihad against the Mongol invaders of Syria, appealed to the foundational sources of Islam for reform, and battled against religious innovation. Today, he inspires such diverse movements as Global Salafism, Islamic revivalism and modernism, and violent jihadism. This volume synthesizes the latest research, discusses many little-known aspects of Ibn Taymiyya's thought, and highlights the religious utilitarianism that pervades his activism, ethics, and theology.

 

CONTENTS


INTRODUCTION

 

1 EARLY CAREER AND THE MONGOL INVASIONS

The Formative Years

Appearance, Character, and Personal Relationships

Early Engagements with Religious Law

Early Engagements with Theology

The Mongol Invasion of 1299-1300

The Mongol Invasions of 1300-1301 and 1303

Christians in the Wake of the Mongols

 

2 LATER CAREER AND MAJOR TRIALS

Conflicts with Sufis

The 1306 Damascus Trials over Theology

Imprisonments in Egypt over Theology and Sufism 1306-1310

Final Years in Egypt 1310-1313

Back in Damascus Teaching and Writing

The 1318 Nusayri Revolt

Trials over Divorce Oaths

Final Imprisonment over Grave Visitation 1326-1328

 

3 THE PRIORITY OF WORSHIP

Worship and the Human Natural Constitution

A Spirituality of Love

Divinity and Lordship

Command and Creation

Sainthood

 

4 WORSHIP, LAW, AND INNOVATION

Worship and the Law

Worship Rituals: Lawful and Innovated

Spiritual Concert and Annihilation

Benefit and the Law

Innovated Festivals and the Prophet's Birthday

Grave Visitation and Intercession

Ibn Taymiyya and Sufism

 

5 JURISTIC AUTHORITY AND DERIVING GOD'S LAW

The Sunni Law School System

Back to the Qur'an and the Sunna

Forbidding Chess

Invalidating Triple Divorce

 

6 UTILITARIAN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ETHICS

Social Ethics

The Caliphate

Public Authority and the Law

Law-Guided Public Policy

Trusts of public office and public wealth

Justice: the limits and rights of God and humans

Jihad

 

7 GOD AND CREATION

Kalam Theology

Esotericism

Non-cognitivism

Apologetic Interpretativism

God is Sitting Over the Throne

The Timelessly Eternal God of Philosophy and Kalam

God Wills for Wise Purposes and Creates from Eternity

 

8 GOD AND HUMANITY

Justice, Evil, and the Human Act

God's Protection of Prophets

The Signs of a True Prophet

Christianity: An Object Lesson in Innovated Religion

The Ultimate Destiny of Unbelievers

 

9 EPILOGUE

 

Bibliography

Index

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam, History, Biography
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 176
Imprint Oneworld Academic

 

About the Author

Jon Hoover is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Nottingham. He specialises in Islamic intellectual history, medieval Islamic theology and philosophy, Christian-Muslim relations, and the thought of Ibn Taymiyya. He is the author of Ibn Taymiyya's Theodicy of Perpetual Optimism, and numerous articles and book chapters on Ibn Taymiyya's theology and ethics.

Reviews

‘Finally, Ibn Taymiyya, who is one of the most influential thinkers in Islam today, gets his first critical introduction in a Western language. And a really good one: Hoover's book manages a well-readable balance between broad analysis and a presentation that is rich in details.'

- Frank Griffel, Professor of Islamic Studies, Yale University

‘At last, a book that comes close to solving the enigma of Ibn Taymiyya. Drawing on Jon Hoover's unparalleled knowledge of the Taymiyyan corpus, this is a measured, erudite and plainly accessible intellectual biography of the most fiercely contested scholar of medieval Islam. Hoover shows that Ibn Taymiyya is not always what his modern admirers and detractors make him out to be. If you want to understand Ibn Taymiyya in his own words and in his own time, this concise book is where you should start.'

- Yossef Rapoport, Professor in Islamic History, Queen Mary University of London

‘Jon Hoover has produced an exquisite introduction to the complex thought of Ibn Taymiyya, one the world's greatest scholars. This book provides the best path for understanding Ibn Taymiyya's life, his struggles with the ruling authorities and with other scholars, as well as how he conceived of Islam (its law, theology and theodicy) as being centered on worship of God alone. Hoover has captured Ibn Taymiyya's ideas better than any other scholar I know.'

- Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Institute for Transregional Studies, Princeton University

‘Written by a leading scholar in the field, this book emancipates Ibn Taymiyya from his contested legacies. With a rigorous investigation of the sources and a good grasp of the latest research, it is a most welcome effort to bring together all aspects of Ibn Taymiyya's turbulent life and challenging thought. Written in an accessible style, it is an insightful introduction to one of the most powerful Muslim minds of all time. Students and scholars approaching the subject will not be able to do without it.'

- Caterina Bori, Associate Professor, University of Bologna