Great Muslims of the West
Makers of Western Islam
Author(s): Muhammad Mojlum Khan
Reviewed by: Abdullah Drury, University of Waikato, New Zealand
It is well known that modern European and Muslim histories are deeply intertwined. In Great Muslims of the West: Makers of Western Islam, Muhammad Moljum Khan aims to ‘highlight the lives, thoughts and achievements of fifty historically significant and geographically representative Western Muslims, both men and women, whose contributions to the development and progress of Western Islam was nothing short of unique and unprecedented’ (p. xix). In this maieutic exercise, he is most successful. Overall, Khan has undertaken here some first-rate research. His Introduction is an excellent overview of the subject and explains his methodology and historiography well. He appears to have been influenced by the American historian Robert Bulliet, who argued in favour of a broader, carefully nuanced and deeply intertwined Christian-Muslim cultural history in the 2004 masterpiece The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization. Bulliet maintained that ‘neither the Muslim nor Christian historical path can be fully understood without relation to the other’ (p. 10).....