Islam and World History: The Ventures of Marshall Hodgson

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Co-editor Edmund Burke, III, Ph.D. 1970.

Published in 1974, Marshall Hodgson’s The Venture of Islam was a watershed moment in the study of Islam. By locating the history of Islamic societies in a global perspective, Hodgson challenged the orientalist paradigms that had stunted the development of Islamic studies and provided an alternative approach to world history. Edited by Edmund Burke III and Robert Mankin, Islam and World History explores the complexity of Hodgson’s thought, the daring of his ideas, and the global context of his world historical insights into, among other themes, Islam and world history, gender in Islam, and the problem of Muslim universality.
In our post-9/11 world, Hodgson’s historical vision and moral engagement have never been more relevant. A towering achievement, Islam and World History will prove to be the definitive statement on Hodgson’s relevance in the twenty-first century and will introduce his influential work to a new generation of readers.

Table of Contents:

1. The Ventures of Marshall G. S. Hodgson
Edmund Burke III and Robert J. Mankin

2. Islamic History and World History: The Double Enterprise of Marshall G. S. Hodgson
Abdesselam Cheddadi
Hodgson’s Ghosts

3. From Gibbon to Hodgson and Back
Robert J. Mankin

4. Hodgson, Islam, and World History in the Modern Age
Christopher A. Bayly
Hodgson and the New World History

5. The Invention of World History from the Spirit of Nonviolent Resistance
Michael Geyer

6. Decentering World History: Marshall Hodgson and the UNESCO Project
Katja Naumann

7. Military Patronage and Hodgson’s Genealogy of State Centralization in Early Modern Eurasia
Pamela Kyle Crossley
Hodgson and the New Islamic Studies

8. Harems and Cathedrals: The Question of Gender and Sexuality in the Work of Marshall Hodgson
Jocelyne Dakhlia

9. The Problem of Muslim Universality
Faisal Devji

List of Contributors

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Silk roads (Chicago, Ill.)
University of Chicago Press
Chicago; London
Cloth: 9780226584645; paper: 9780226584782; ebook: 9780226584812