The Essentials of Ibāḍī Islam: By Valerie J. Hoffman (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2012. 344 pages.)


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Title The Essentials of Ibāḍī Islam: By Valerie J. Hoffman (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2012. 344 pages.)
Creator Woodlock, Rachel
Description When writing about Islamic sectarian diversity, the vast majority of authorspay attention only to Sunni and Shi‘i Islam. Yet there exists a third groupdrawn from the earliest conflicts that rent the Muslim ummah apart: the Ibadis.If they are mentioned at all, it is usually little more than a footnote remarkingthat this group is the remnant of the Khariji secession in 657. Yet this thirdgroup – today predominant in Oman and Zanzibar, with populations also inAlgeria, Libya, and Tunisia – played an important political and theologicalrole in the immediate post-Prophetic period. Due to this word’s negative connotation,however, Ibadis do not refer to themselves as Kharijis, a group historicallyviewed as religious extremists by other Muslims. Instead, “Ibadi”comes from the enigmatic Abdullah ibn Ibad/Abad who died early in theeighth century, although, as the author notes, it is likely that his successor Jabiribn Zayd played a more important role in founding the group.Addressing the dearth of English-language resources on Ibadi beliefs, ValerieJ. Hoffman has written The Essentials of Ibāḍī Islam in “an attempt tointroduce Ibadi Islamic theology to students and scholars of Islam” (p. 4) – atask in which she succeeds admirably. Her book is primarily a translation ofa theological primer and supplementary text, preceded by a short introductionon the origins and history of Ibadi Islam to orient the readers and prepare them ...
Publisher The International Institute of Islamic Thought
Date 2014-01-01
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Non-refereed Book Review
Format application/pdf
Source American Journal of Islam and Society; Vol. 31 No. 1 (2014): American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences; 114-116
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2014 المعهد العالمي للفكر الإسلامي

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