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
Date Written: December 4, 2015
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
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