Islam and World History The Ventures of Marshall Hodgson By Edmund Burke III and Robert J. Mankin, eds. (Chicago: Univeristy of Chicago Press, 2018. 193 pages.)

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Vernon James Schubel



In Islam and World History: The Ventures of Marshall Hodgson, editors Edmund Burke III and Robert J. Mankin have provided a valuable service to the scholarly community by bringing together a series of insightful essays that place the creation of Hodgson’s posthumous masterwork, The Venture of Islam, into a broader historical and intellectual context. Perhaps most importantly, this slim but comprehensive volume adds greatly to our understanding of Marshall Hodgson himself, a historian who famously argued for the importance of recognizing the scholarly pre-commitments of academics, by providing a remarkable biographical context in which to consider the deeper implications of his work.

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