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Islam and World HistoryThe Ventures of Marshall Hodgson$
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Edmund Burke and Robert J. Mankin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226584645

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226584812.001.0001

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The Ventures of Marshall G. S. Hodgson

The Ventures of Marshall G. S. Hodgson

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(p.1) Chapter One The Ventures of Marshall G. S. Hodgson
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Islam and World History
Author(s):
Edmund Burke III, Robert J. Mankin
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226584812.003.0001

When Hodgson began his career, both world history and Islamic history were still deeply embedded in an essentially Eurocentric and present-centered intellectual world. This mental framework made it difficult for contemporaries to grasp the stakes in World War II, the horrors that attended it, or the necessity of the movement of decolonization following it. The essays here constitute a kind of necessary stocktaking that allows us to grasp Hodgson’s originality, as well as the extent to which he was still shaped by the presuppositions that affected his generation. To accomplish this task Hodgson developed an interregional approach to world history while simultaneously globalizing Islamic history. His 1974 textbook, The Venture of Islam was a conceptual breakthrough in both arenas. His research on early Shi’ism constituted a major breakthrough in its own right. The essays in this volume make three things clear: the complexity of the mental world of Hodgson’s generation (and the daring of his ideas), the reasons why his writings both on Islam and on world history (after initially eliciting great praise) were pushed to one side, and finally, the extent to which his ideas and especially his morally engaged stance are of relevance to us once again today.

Keywords:   Hodgson, Islamic history, world history, decolonization, Shi'ism, The Venture of Islam

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