Marshall Hodgson's ideas on cores and modernity in Islam: a critique

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Marshall Hodgson has been rightly admired for his vast contributions in the fields of both Islam and world history. Despite the many decades since the publication of his works on these topics, his ideas have largely survived the test of time and continue to be influential. There are two respects, however, in which Hodgson's ideas appear to have been fundamentally flawed - namely, his notion of cultural cores versus peripheries in the Islamic world, and his understanding of modernity. This article explores both of these themes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1029-1039
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 28 2023


  • Islam
  • Marshall Hodgson
  • cores/peripheries
  • modernity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • General Arts and Humanities


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