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The Ibadis have formed their communities and developed their institutions in a rapidly changing milieu, building their own identities as one of the Islamic denominations. Ibadi sources enable us to grasp their movements and challenges from various points of view over the times. This volume presents an exploration of different issues concerning Ibadi and Omani identities from the early beginnings to the present day. The contributions of individual authors from all over the world provide the reader with the latest research achievements in the field of Ibadi and Omani studies, extending from the Middle East to Africa and Europa, and ranging from literature, legal and theological issues, to politics and so on. Some of them also work on Ibadi interrelations with other Islamic groups. In that way, this volume is essential for studying the Ibadi movements as well as the diversity within the Muslim world.
About the Author
Yohei Kondo is Project Assistant Professor of the Sultan Qaboos Chair of Middle Eastern Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo. He received a PhD degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Tokyo in 2013. From 2015 to 2018 he worked as a Research Associate at the Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies located in Beirut. His current research interest is the history and thought of Ibadism. Angeliki Ziaka is Associate Professor of Religion, and the scientific coordinator of the new Undergraduate Program in Islamic Studies at the School of Theology of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece). She earned her Ph.D. from University of Strasbourg (France) in 2002. She has conducted research in Iran and Oman since 2006, was a LUCIS Fall Fellow in 2014 (at the Leiden University Centre for the study of Islam and Society) and a Visiting Research Spring Fellow in 2017 at MEI (Columbia University). Her research interests include early and medieval Islamic historiography and Kalam; Byzantine and post-Byzantine literature on Islam; religious historical narratives and the re-articulation of Muslim identities through religious discourse and political realities in the Middle East; interreligious dialogue, and religious education in religious and secular environments and institutions. Ziaka has published many articles in scientific journals and newspapers.