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Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination. London, 2008. Saliba, George. Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance. Cambridge, MA, 2007. Sen, Amartya. Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny. New York and London, 2006. Sila-Khan, Dominique. Crossing the Threshold: Understanding Religious Identities in South Asia. London, 2004. 2 Everyday Tradition Earle Waugh From the earliest days of Islam, popular religious practices and the expressions of piety have been a matter of lively debate.
Legislation and public policy reflect the views of the governors at a particular time. A decision to punish the consumption of alcohol as a hadd (serious) crime, for example, or banning interest on loans (riba), is a political choice that is informed by what the governors think is in the public interest. Such decisions are secular, and there is nothing ‘automatic’ about them merely because a society happens to be Muslim. Consider the experience of the Ottoman empire in this regard, which until 1917 was the world’s largest ‘Muslim territory’.
Everyday Tradition 35 Further Reading Aghaie, Kamran Scot, ed. The Women of Karbala: Ritual Performance and Symbolic Discourses in Modern Shi῾i Islam. Austin, TX, 2005. Asani, Ali. Ecstasy and Enlightenment: The Ismaili Devotional Literature of South Asia. London, 2002. Cornell, Vincent J. ‘Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge: The Relationship between Faith and Practice in Islam’, in John L. Esposito, ed. The Oxford History of Islam. New York, 1999, pp. 63–105. Kassam, Zayn. ‘Ritual Life’, in Andrew Rippin, ed.
A Companion to Muslim Cultures by Amyn B. Sajoo