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Lifeworlds of Islam: The Pragmatics of a Religion

Mohammed A. Bamyeh


Islam is what Muslims do. From this premise, the book elaborates a sociology of Islam in three concise chapters. The book shows that Islam has operated typically not in the form of standard dogmas, but usually as a compass for practical orientations (“lifeworlds”). This more pragmatic character of the faith established it as a relevant factor in three arenas in which common social life acquires meaning: participatory ethics, public philosophies, and global networks. The book argues that all three are poorly understood in recent literature, which tends to focus on one specific problem or anothe ... More

Keywords: sociology of Islam, social movements, public philosophy, instrumental reason, hermeneutics, heteroglossia, shari’a, Islamic history

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190280567
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190280567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mohammed A. Bamyeh, author
Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

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