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Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Islam

Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume II, Islam

The highly anticipated Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume II, Islam is an extensive research database of the most influential thinkers of modern Islamic theology and tradition. At completion, the text will include 100,000 pages of foundational texts and contextual monographs, from the late 19th century to the present. 

Seventy-five percent of the materials are in-copyright, and 80% are in English, making the collection accessible to students across the curriculum. The materials have been rekeyed to more than 99.99% accuracy and are presented using software that allows scholars to conduct in-depth word pattern analysis and data mining, as well as the ability to search using Arabic script. The aim is to deliver the most important thinkers in a definitive electronic edition. 

Key thinkers

About 95% of the collection’s key thinkers and authors are Muslims, both Western and non-Western. They come from Egypt, Gambia, India, Iraq, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, Syria, Tanzania, and Turkey, representing a wide range of Islamic thought. Included are international selections of English, Arabic, and French editions of the writings of important figures such as:

  • Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm
  • Chandra Muzaffar
  • Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naʿim
  • Mahmoud Ayoub
  • Said Nursî
  • Asma Barlas
  • Nimat Hafez Barazangi
  • Fazlur Raman
  • Farid Esack
  • Rashid Rida
  • Khaled Abou el Fadl
  • Abdolkarim Soroush
  • Fethullah Gülen
  • Rifā‘ah Rāfiʿ Țahțāwī
  • Sayyid Ahmad Khan
  • Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
  • Hans Küng
  • Amina Wadud

International content partners

Content is drawn from many international partners, including Aliran Kesedaran Negara, Basic Books, Beacon Press, Edinburgh University Press, Garnet Publishing, Gerlach Press, Indiana University Press, La Découverte, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Minhaj-ul-Quran International, Oneworld Publications, Oxford University Press, Perseus, Praeger, Princeton University Press, Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd., Tughra Books, University of North Carolina Press, University Press of Florida, and Westview Press.

Research and teaching applications

Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume II, Islam examines issues such as:

  • Women and Islam
  • The state
  • Tradition and renewal
  • Text and reason
  • Qur’an and Hadith
  • Islamic law and legal reforms
  • Islam and the West
  • Piety movements
  • Political Islam
  • Salafi thought
  • Sufism


Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume II, Islam is a key component of the Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library



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This collection showcases an expansive library of works that illustrate contemporary Islamic thought, making this a valuable resource for students of Middle Eastern studies, theology, religious studies, philosophy, social theory, world history, and more. The material is carefully curated and representative of thinkers across the Muslim community (including both non-Western and Western perspectives)...

Gricel Dominguez eReviews

Voted Best Reference Database 2016...Thorough and thoughtfully selected; advanced researchers will appreciate the depth of materials available.

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