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Yasir Suleiman and Adel Al-Abdul Jader

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637386

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637386.001.0001

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On Sunni Sectarianism*

On Sunni Sectarianism*

(p.209) 14. On Sunni Sectarianism*
Living Islamic History

A. Kevin Reinhart

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the development of the disdain for disputational theology and the development of resources for an anti-pluralist understanding of Islam. It applies the two notions of denomination and sect to investigate the emergence of Sunni secretarianism as the ‘canonical’ form of Islam, and shows that this process of canonisation was the product of history rather than a statement on the status of Sunni Islam in its original form. The complex nature of Sunni Islam as denominational in law and sectarian in theology render ‘Sunnism’ one take among many on Islam rather than the point of reference in relation to which other forms of Islam are established as sectarian.

Keywords:   disputational theology, anti-pluralist understanding, Islam, Sunni secretarianism, Sunni Islam, Sunnism

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