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This week’s book giveaway is Modern Things on Trial: Islam’s Global and Material Reformation in the Age of Rida, 1865–1935, by Leor Halevi.  Check our blog on Wednesday to read an exclusive interview with the author, and on Thursday to read an excerpt from the introduction to the book.

The fall conference season is in full swing. Look for us at the:

Modernist Studies Association meeting, October 17-20

Society for Neuroscience meeting, October 19-23

Council on Social Work Education meeting, October 24-27

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy meeting, October 31-Nov. 2

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“By tracing the evolution of ‘laissez-faire Salafism’ in response to consumer concerns about the religious status of new commodities and technologies, Halevi positions Islam’s modern reformation as driven more by materialist than ideational forces. This is a highly original rethinking of the old question of religion and modernity by looking at the material transformations—the ‘modern things’—that
“This nuanced, meticulously researched, yet accessible study illuminates how significant early-twentieth-century debates on Islamic law often revolved around some surprisingly ordinary objects and how local anxieties and input shaped a reformist Islam with transregional appeal. Halevi’s focus on the material dimensions of modern Islamic thought adds a very welcome and promising dimension to the scholarship