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Norman Anderson and the Christian Mission to Modernize Islam

Todd Thompson


Western Christians in the twentieth century viewed Islam through a lens of social and political concerns that would have appeared novel to their medieval and early-modern predecessors. Concerns about the predicament of secular 'modernity' infused Christian discourse with distinct assumptions that shaped engagement with Islam in fundamentally new ways. J. N. D. (Norman) Anderson (1908-94), a highly influential British Christian scholar of Islam, embodied this new orientation in his commitment to 'modernize' Islam. Anderson's engagement with Islam as a missionary, intelligence agent, scholar of ... More

Keywords: Norman Anderson, J.N.D. Anderson, Islam, Islamic law, British empire, Modernizing Islam, Secularizing Islam, Twentieth century, Christianity, Missionary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190697624
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190697624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Thompson, author
Biola University