The tale of the origins of Islam offers a wealthy and suggestive instance of sweeping cultural transformation. Incorporating either innovation and continuity, Islam outfitted upon the prevailing cultural styles one of the peoples of the Arabian peninsula at the same time it threatened to eliminate those comparable styles. during this provocative interdisciplinary research, Mohammed A. Bamyeh combines views from sociology, literary reviews, anthropology, and financial historical past to envision the cultural ecology that fostered Islam.
Highlighting the pivotal connections in pre-Islamic society among the emergence of convinced financial practices (such as exchange and money-based exchange), global view (as rendered in pre-Islamic literature and theology), and the reconfiguration of transtribal styles of unity and payment, Bamyeh unearths within the genesis of Islam a cosmopolitan version for analyzing ideological transformation in general.
At the guts of Bamyeh's company are shut readings of either the Qur'an and the pre-Islamic poetry that preceded it. Bamyeh uncovers in those texts narrative and pedagogical content material, poetic constitution, use of metaphor, and ancient references which are suggestive of societies in transition. He additionally explores the expressive limits of the pre-Islamic literature and its transmutation into Qur'anicspeech within the wake of social transformation.
Emphasizing the natural connections among trust buildings, financial formations, and modes of discourse in pre-Islamic Arabia, The Social Origins of Islam explains how a variety of fabric and discursive adjustments made the belief of Islam attainable at a specific element in background. extra largely, it persuasively demonstrates how grand cultural shiftsgive upward thrust to new structures of faith.