Rethinking the Academic Study of the Ulama Tradition

  • Syed Rizwan Zamir Davidson College, Davidson, USA.

Abstract

This essay surveys the Western academic study of the ulama tradition by examining: 1) how it has evolved over the last few decades and with what results; 2) the recurrent underlying premises, trends and approaches that have set the criteria and benchmarks for the academic study of the ulama tradition; 3) the methodological questions and concerns in the study of the ulama tradition; 4) why should the ulama tradition be studied; and finally, 5) in view of the foregoing results, the possibility of an alternative conceptual model for the study of the ulama tradition, and by extension for study of contemporary Islamic intellectual life.

Author Biography

Syed Rizwan Zamir, Davidson College, Davidson, USA.
Associate Professor of Religion, Department of Religion, Davidson College, Davidson, USA.
Published
2018-02-19
How to Cite
Zamir, S. R. (2018). Rethinking the Academic Study of the Ulama Tradition. ISLAMIC STUDIES, 53(3-4). Retrieved from http://irigs.iiu.edu.pk:64447/ojs/index.php/islamicstudies/article/view/156