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1st Edition

Orthodoxy and Heresy in Islam

ISBN 9780415820455
Published October 1, 2013 by Routledge
1520 Pages

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To what extent can concepts such as orthodoxy and heresy—originating from a different religious and cultural tradition—be applied in an Islamic context? This new Routledge collection of major works synthesizes the latest scholarship to address and answer this question. It explores the terminology on religious ‘deviation’ found in Islamic texts, and looks at specific debated issues that shed light on the implications of the theoretical discussions.

The readership for this collection will be wide: teachers and students in Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Medieval Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology will all welcome this essential work of reference.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Orthodoxy and Heresy: Dynamics and Debates  Part 2: Sects and Heresiography: Inclusion and Exclusion  Part 3: Accusation, Condemnation and Persecution  Part 4: Apostasy and Blasphemy  Part 5: Debating Prophecy: Finality, Continuity and Rejection

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    • Name: Maribel Fierro
    • Title: Dr.
    • Position: Professor (Research Professor)

Head of Research Group on Arabic Studies

    • Address: Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo (ILC)

Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS)

Calle Albasanz, 26-28 28037 Madrid

Tlf.: 91 602 2419 FAX: 91 602 29 73

E-mail: [email protected]




Research interests: History of the Medieval Islamic West. Islamic law. Heresy and orthodoxy in Medieval Islamic societies. Transmission of knowledge in Medieval Islam.



2012 The Almohad revolution. Politics and religion in the Islamic West during the twelfth-thirteenth centuries, Ashgate: Variorum.

2011 Abdarramán III y el califato omeya de Córdoba, Nerea.

2010 Atlas ilustrado de la España musulmana, Editorial Susaeta.

2005 Abd al-Rahman III: The first Cordoban caliph, Oneworld: Books for thoughtful people.

2001 Al-Ándalus: saberes e intercambios culturales, Barcelona: CIDOB Ediciones / Icaria, 2001 (translated into French and Arabic)


2010 vol. II The Western Islamic world, eleventh-eighteenth centuries de The New Cambridge History of Islam, Cambridge University Press.

2009 with Christian Lange, Public violence in Islamic societies: Power, discipline and the construction of the public sphere (7th-19th centuries CE), 2009.

2008 with Francisco García Fitz, El cuerpo derrotado: cómo trataban musulmanes y cristianos a los enemigos vencidos (Península Ibérica, ss. VIII-XIII)", Madrid: CSIC.

2005 P. Cressier , M. Fierro and L. Molina (eds.), Los almohades: problemas y perspectivas, Madrid: CSIC / Casa de Velázquez.

2004 Estudios onomástico-biográficos de al-Andalus. De muerte violenta, XIV, Madrid: CSIC

2002 Judíos en tierras de Islam. I. Judíos y musulmanes en al-Andalus y el Magreb. Contactos intelectuales, Casa de Velázquez, Collection de la Casa de Velázquez, n1 74.


      • Journals: Intellectual history of the Islamicate world (Brill), al-Masaq (Exeter University); Al-Qantara (CSIC), Der Islam. Journal of the History and Culture of the Middle East (Hamburg University / De Gruyter, starting 2013); Collectanea Christiana Orientalia (Universidad de Córdoba); Studia Islamica (CNRS / Princeton University); Journal of Islamic Law and Society (Brill).
      • Series: The Mediterranean Seminar, Palgrave McMillan. Handbook of Oriental Studies, Section 1: The Near and Middle East, Brill; Muslim History and Heritage Series (Markaz-i Da’irat al-ma`arif-i buzurg-i islami - search Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, Freie Universität Berlin); Horizontes de al-Andalus (Biblioteca Viva de al-Andalus - Ediciones El Almendro de Córdoba); Diccionario de Historia Medieval Ibérica (Editorial Akal); Estudios Onomástico-Biográficos de al-Andalus (CSIC).
      • Sectional editor (Religious sciences), Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd edition (Brill).