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Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library covers the major strains and new directions in religious questioning that have often altered the very framework of given traditions. In addition to studying scholars' ideas separately, researchers can explore broader schools of thought to examine how different theories, denominations, faiths, and political and cultural groups have intersected, differed, and influenced one another.

The collection reflects the increasingly global and pluralistic character of religious scholarship by including voices from all religions including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and Eastern Religions--that have generated meaningful interfaith dialogue. It also incorporates works from members of previously marginalized groups, among them key feminist theologians and scholars.

About Volume II

Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume II, Islam currently includes more than 78,266 pages, comprising 301 books.

It is a scholarly, highly curated collection of key primary and secondary texts including foundational writings and contextual monographs:

  • From the late 19th century through the 21st century
  • 95% of authors Muslims, Western and non-Western

It currently features more than 100 authors from Egypt, Gambia, India, Iraq, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey, the United States, to name a few, representing a wide range of voices of Islam.

It includes coverage of key themes such as:

  • The State
  • Women and Islam
  • Tradition and Renewal
  • Text and reason
  • Quran and Hadith
  • Islamic Law and Legal Reforms
  • Islam and the West
  • Piety movements
  • Political Islam
  • Salafi Thought

Future releases will provide more works from the key 20th century thinkers and more content in Arabic.
*Content in Arabic forthcoming from the Institute of Islamic Thought

Editorial Board and Partners

An editorial board advises on the selection of materials. Experts currently include:

Alan Godlas, Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia. Yvonne Haddad, professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University
Zayn Kassam, associate professor of religious studies at Pomona College

Samir Mamoud, Lecturer, American University of Beirut Abdullah Saeed, Director, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies and Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne
David Thomas, professor of Christianity and Islam/Nadir Dinshaw professor of Inter Religious Relations at University of Birmingham

The collection incorporates content from the field's leading partners including Aliran Kesedaran Negara, Cambridge University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Garnet Publishing, Gerlach Press, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Oneworld Publications, Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, and Westview Press.

About the series/future volumes

Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume II, Islam is the second in a four-volume series that includes Volume I: Christianity, Volume III: Judaism, and Volume IV: Eastern Religions. Upon completion, it will include more than 500,000 pages of seminal texts.

Developed under the guidance of specialists in the field, the series provides a comprehensive and rare assemblage of important and unique materials, the essential works documenting religious thinking in the 20th century.

Key concepts and theories, such as ethics, truth, emptiness, doctrine, and reincarnation, will be explored and examined across religions, while specific dogmas and philosophies will also be studied in-depth. Students and scholars will experience the conversations within and among schools of thought through the key authors who have shaped the conversations and understandings.

Once completed, the four volumes of Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library will constitute a major resource on all aspects of theological thought, dialogue, and experience across cultures, laying the foundation for historical and contemporary understandings.

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Many individuals have contributed to this project since its inception and we want to acknowledge the great contributions of all.

Special thanks go to:

  • Briana Bardos
  • Gareth Bish
  • Pat Carlson
  • Charles Cooney
  • Graham Dimmock
  • Nathalie Duval
  • Andrea Eastman-Mullins
  • Michelle Eldridge
  • Sara Gibney
  • Rose Ippolito
  • Mike Kangal
  • Isabel Lacerda
  • Samantha Lubrano
  • Arvilla Mastromarino
  • Laura Mills
  • Sergei Surba
  • Stephen Rhind-Tutt
  • Duane Rogers
  • Kathleen Saylor
  • Miroslav Styblo
  • Will Whalen