“Leor Halevi’s original study offers important perspectives on turn of the twentieth-century Islamic reformist thought in the context of changing relations between law and material history. He matches up instructive readings in legal opinions delivered in Cairo by Rashid Rida with innovative background research on the new products and technologies that prompted questions to him from around the Muslim world.”
~ Brinkley Messick, author of Sharīʿa Scripts: A Historical Anthropology
This week we are featuring Modern Things on Trial: Islam’s Global and Material Reformation in the Age of Rida, 1865–1935, by Leor Halevi. This groundbreaking account of Islam’s material transformation in a globalizing era sheds light on culture, commerce, and consumption in Cairo and other colonial cities. Check back on Wednesday to read a Q&A with the author and on Thursday to read an excerpt from the book’s prologue. In the meantime, be sure to enter our drawing for a chance to win a copy of this new release!
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