Inquisition in Early Islam: The Competition for Political and Religious Authority in the Abbasid Empire(2013)
AbstractIn 833 CE, the Abbasid Caliph al-Ma'mun began a period of inquisition (mihna), one which continued until his successor al-Mutawakkil decreed its end, fifteen years later. During this period, the Caliphs in power strove to promote 'correct belief' in the 'createdness' of the Qur'an, thus ordering the interrogation of religious scholars, and disqualifying, punishing or even executing those who answered incorrectly. Here, John P. Turner examines this major episode, viewing it as a pivotal point in the struggle between the temporal authorities and religious law in the Middle East. By examining the definition of 'heresy', Turner presents a vivid account of the heresy trials in this period, as well as incisive analysis concerning the relationship between secular power and religious authority. This book is of particular interest to researchers and scholars of Islamic history, comparative religion and the medieval world.
Publication DateMay, 2013
Citation InformationJohn P. Turner. Inquisition in Early Islam: The Competition for Political and Religious Authority in the Abbasid Empire. London(2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/johnpturner/3/