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Islam, Christianity and Tradition: A Comparative Exploration

Ian Richard Netton


This book offers a unique comparative exploration of the role of tradition in Islam and Christianity. The idea of ‘tradition’ has enjoyed a variety of senses and definitions in Islam and Christianity, but both have cleaved at certain times to a supposedly ‘golden age’ of tradition from the past. In comparing the role of tradition in Islam and Christianity, this book explores the following key themes: the roles of authority, fundamentalism, the use of reason and ijtihad (independent thinking). It suggests that there has been a chain of thinkers from classical Islam to the twentieth century who ... More

Keywords: tradition, Islam, Christianity, golden age, authority, fundamentalism, reason, ijtihad, Salafism, Lefebvrism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748623914
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Richard Netton, author