Magic In Islam by Michael Muhammad Knight

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Like all of Knight’s writings on Islam, this is a thoughtful and intelligent book. Not only does it offer insights and observations we rarely hear, they are substantiated with historical facts and references to legitimate sources...
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The progenitor of "Muslim punk rock" and one of today's freshest spiritual voices pushes back against the common assumption that the historic faiths have no occult or magical tradition in this richly learned historical and personal journey through the practice of magic in Islam.

Magic in Islam offers a look at magical and occult technologies throughout Muslim history, starting with Islam's earliest and most canonical sources. In addition to providing a highly accessible introduction to magic as it is defined, practiced, condemned, and defended within Muslim traditions, Magic in Islam challenges common assumptions about organized religion.

Michael Muhammad Knight's deeply original book fills a gap within existing literature on the place of magic in Islamic traditions and opens a new window on Islam for general readers and students of religion alike. In doing so, the book counters and complicates widespread perceptions of Islam, as well as of magic as it is practiced outside of European contexts. 

Magic in Islam also challenges our view of "organized religions" as clearly defined systems that can be reduced to checklists of key doctrines, texts, and rules.  As a result, Magic in Islam throws a monkey wrench into the conventions of the "intro to Islam" genre, threatening to flip popular notions of a religion's "center" and "margins."


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Michael Muhammad Knight

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MICHAEL MUHAMMAD KNIGHT has studied Islam at a madrassa in Pakistan, the Allah School in Harlem, and Harvard University. His work has been censored, boycotted, confiscated, and threatened with legal action. This is his seventh book.
 
Published May 24, 2016 by TarcherPerigee. 253 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction
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on Mar 08 2016

Knight delivers a thought-provoking introduction to a little-examined subject, albeit a hard one to define. Though surely controversial and certainly just the tip of the iceberg, this accessible book provides interesting food for thought.

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Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Jun 10 2016

Like all of Knight’s writings on Islam, this is a thoughtful and intelligent book. Not only does it offer insights and observations we rarely hear, they are substantiated with historical facts and references to legitimate sources...

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