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How should we distinguish the Islamic (the religious) from the Islamicate (the cultural)?

The scholar Shahab Ahmed presents a new conceptualization of Islam challenging cpommon understandings grounded in the categories of "religion" and "culture" or those privilegeing law and scripture. He argues that these modes of thinking obstruct us from understanding Islam, distorting it, diminishing it, and rendering it incoherent.
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