Magic In Islam by Michael Muhammad Knight

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Magic In Islam Read Online Free - The progenitor of "Muslim punk rock" and one of today's freshest spiritual voices pushes back against the common assumption that the historic faiths have no occult or magical tradition in this richly learned historical and personal journey through the practice of magic in Islam.

Magic in Islam offers a look at magical and occult technologies throughout Muslim history, starting with Islam's earliest and most canonical sources. In addition to providing a highly accessible introduction to magic as it is defined, practiced, condemned, and defended within Muslim traditions, Magic in Islam challenges common assumptions about organized religion.

Michael Muhammad Knight's deeply original book fills a gap within existing literature on the place of magic in Islamic traditions and opens a new window on Islam for general readers and students of religion alike. In doing so, the book counters and complicates widespread perceptions of Islam, as well as of magic as it is practiced outside of European contexts. 

Magic in Islam also challenges our view of "organized religions" as clearly defined systems that can be reduced to checklists of key doctrines, texts, and rules.  As a result, Magic in Islam throws a monkey wrench into the conventions of the "intro to Islam" genre, threatening to flip popular notions of a religion's "center" and "margins."

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ISBN : 0399176705
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Omar Ali rated it ★★★☆☆

September 12, 2016

A hot mess of a book, but still worth reading. Michael Knight is now a postmodern conventionally educated scholar, and that is beginning to show. He has obviously read VERY widely and the book contains countless extremely interesting tidbits about magic and magical ideas in Islamicate tradition....

Kyle rated it ★★★★★

June 27, 2016

The latest book by Michael Muhammad Knight takes a peak into the porous boundaries between science, religion, and magic, and between orthodoxy and unorthodoxy. If one of the strictest jurists in the history of Islam could have his career inspired by a visionary dream about Muhammad, then what are...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

June 02, 2017

Honestly, at least 70% of this book went way over my head. Way. I expected that though. I was able to glean that a) Religions are more than their texts. They exist through the living people who practice them and are always changing, a protean nature that they share with languages. b) Religions do...

A. rated it ★★★★☆

August 23, 2017

I am pretty much exactly Knight's target audience for this exact book. I love nonfiction that isn't quite a dissertation but isn't exactly not a dissertation. Please note that this quite different than what Knight typically produces and has become famous for; my tastes are kind of weird so it may...

Joseph rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2017

Magic in Islam was a welcome challenge to me as I discovered how ignorant I am of a major population's belief system. It was a joy because the cultural anthropologist in me saw so many connections to belief systems I've studied previously. Wonderful stuff!

Vika rated it ★★★★☆

May 28, 2016

Knight, adding to his works that address Islam in the United States, examines some of the intersections of "magic" (a slippery term he addresses), "science" (a term that can be equally slippery), and Islam, notably without normative boundary defending. The work is somewhat less personal than some...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★★

August 20, 2016

I wanted to read this book from the second I learned of its existence from my friend Matt's goodreads feed. It wasn't at the bookstore and I was pondering a special order when I saw it at the library. (Though now that I've read it, I'm pretty sure I'm still going to need my own copy.) The best thi...

A. rated it ★★★★☆

August 04, 2016

Not quite the "gonzo" work one might expect, the book is still quite daring in its propositions of magic's centrality to the environments of Islam, then and now. More sober than soaring, Knight's words have the heft of deep research and strength of bridge-building to all of them. Challenging noti...

Ibrahim rated it ★★★★★

December 08, 2016

I've been waiting a while for a book like this. Read it in a single night.

John rated it ★★★★★

December 27, 2016

interesting research

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