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Islam and World History

The Ventures of Marshall Hodgson

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.

192 pages | 1 halftone | 6 x 9 | © 2018 

Silk Roads

Asian Studies: General Asian Studies

History: General History, History of Ideas, Middle Eastern History

Religion: Islam, Religion and Society


"In Islam and World History: The Ventures of Marshall Hodgson, editors Edmund Burke III and Robert J. Mankin have provided a valuable service to the scholarly community by bringing together a series of insightful essays that place the creation of Hodgson’s posthumous masterwork, TheVenture of Islam, into a broader historical and intellectual context. Perhaps most importantly, this slim but comprehensive volume adds greatly to our understanding of Marshall Hodgson himself, a historian who famously argued for the importance of recognizing the scholarly pre-commitments of academics, by providing a remarkable biographical context in which to consider the deeper implications of his work."

The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

“In our age of Islamophobia and renewed racialist and religious nationalisms, nothing could be more important than Marshall Hodgson’s humanist and universalist vision, exemplified in his Venture of Islam. These essential essays on Hodgson stand as almost unique in exploring the life and thought of a major American thinker on Islam and Muslim civilization, and they will be indispensable to anyone concerned with world history.”

Juan Cole, University of Michigan

“Burke has done more than any other scholar to preserve and project the legacy of Hodgson as both Islamic and world historian over the decades. This new collection of essays will add to the luster of Hodgson’s earlier volumes, sparking renewed interest and intense debate about the nature of his stature as a global historian of the Islamic world.”

Bruce Lawrence, Duke University

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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