Why Daghestan Is Good to Think: Moshe Gammer, Daghestan, and Global Islamic History

Written Culture in Daghestan, Ed. Moshe Gammer (Helsinki: Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae, 2015), 17-40.

27 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2015 Last revised: 18 Dec 2015

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Rebecca Gould

Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham; Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Date Written: December 4, 2015

Abstract

During the final decade of his productive life, Moshe Gammer (1950-2013) edited the first major English-language series on Daghestani philology. This chapter examines key aspects of Gammer’s legacy, while offering an overview of Daghestani philology from the colonial period to the present, and outlining how this field of inquiry enables us to revise regnant paradigms concerning language, law, and the circulation of culture within contemporary Islamic Studies. I concentrate on the potential of Daghestan’s Islamic archives to contribute to the study of linguistic and legal modernity, transregional Arabic in its interface with the vernacular, and plural Islamic modernities.

Keywords: Islam, Daghestan, world history, Arabic, Russia

Suggested Citation

Gould, Rebecca Ruth, Why Daghestan Is Good to Think: Moshe Gammer, Daghestan, and Global Islamic History (December 4, 2015). Written Culture in Daghestan, Ed. Moshe Gammer (Helsinki: Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae, 2015), 17-40.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2699361

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