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Preserving Islamic Tradition: Abu Nasr Qursawi and the Beginnings of Modern Reformism

Nathan Spannaus


Abu Nasr Qursawi (1776–1812) was a major figure in the history of the Muslim communities of the Russian Empire. An important religious scholar, he wrote works calling for the reform of the Islamic scholarly tradition that shaped the religious discourse of these communities into the 20th century. Qursawi focused on the construction of Islamic scholarship in the postclassical period (14th–19th centuries), criticizing scholars’ overreliance on taqlid, which had led them to hold incorrect theological views and prevented them from engaging with scripture in legal interpretation (through ijtihad). H ... More

Keywords: ijtihad, taqlid, Islamic theology (kalam), Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), Islamic reformism, Islamic intellectual history, Islamic modernism, Jadidism, Tatars, Russia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190251789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190251789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan Spannaus, author
Postdoctoral researcher, University of Jyvaskyla