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Mimetic Theory and Islam

"The Wound Where Light Enters"

Editors: Kirwan, Michael, Achtar, Ahmad (Eds.)

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  • Offers mimetic readings of Qu'ranic and Biblical passages
  • Explores mimetic resonances within the wider Islamic Tradition
  • Examines contemporary themes through a Girardian lens
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This volume explores the 'Mimetic Theory' of the cultural theorist René Girard and its applicability to Islamic thought and tradition. Authors critically examine Girard's assertion about the connection between group formation, religion, and 'scapegoating' violence. These insights, Girard maintained, have their source in biblical revelation. Are there parallels in other faith traditions, especially Islam? To this end, Muslim scholars and scholars of Mimetic Theory have examined the hypothesis of an 'Abrahamic Revolution.' This is the claim that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam each share in a spiritual and ethical historical 'breakthrough:' a move away from scapegoating violence, and towards a sense of justice for the innocent victim.


About the authors

Michael Kirwan is a Jesuit priest who taught theology at Heythrop College (University of London), and is now an associate professor at the Loyola Institute, Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of Discovering Girard (2004), and Girard and Theology (2009).

Ahmad Achtar taught Islamic Studies at Heythrop College, and is currently a research associate at the School of Advancd Study (University of London).


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • The Wound Where Light Enters: Mimetic Theory and Islam

    Pages 3-27

    Kirwan, Michael (et al.)

  • Islamic Anthropology, Based on Key Passages in the Qur’an

    Pages 31-38

    Sejdini, Zekirija

  • Adam and Eve in the Qur’an: A Mimetic Perspective

    Pages 39-46

    Achtar, Ahmad

  • The Becoming of a Model: Conflictive Relations and the Shaping of the Quranic Ibrāhīm

    Pages 47-63

    Quast-Neulinger, Michaela

  • Fathers and Sons, Sacrifice and Substitution: Mimetic Theory and Islam in Genesis 22 and Sura 37

    Pages 65-85

    Goodhart, Sandor

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eBook $69.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-05695-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-05694-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mimetic Theory and Islam
Book Subtitle
"The Wound Where Light Enters"
Editors
  • Michael Kirwan
  • Ahmad Achtar
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05695-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05695-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-05694-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 178
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