5 October 2015

Edited by Christian Lange

Locating Hell in Islamic Traditions


Islam is often seen as a religious tradition in which hell does not play a particularly prominent role. This volume challenges this hackneyed view. Locating Hell in Islamic Traditions is the first book-length analytic study of the Muslim hell.

It maps out a broad spectrum of Islamic attitudes toward hell, from the Quranic vision(s) of hell to the pious cultivation of the fear of the afterlife, theological speculations, metaphorical and psychological understandings, and the modern transformations of hell. The book is available in hardback as well as Open Access.

Prof. dr. Christian Lange
Prof. dr. Christian Lange

Editor of the volume is Prof. Christian Lange (Islam and Arabic). He has published a monograph and several articles on the history of crime and punishment in Islam, edited two volumes on Islamic political history, and is the author of the forthcoming Paradise and hell in Islam (2015-16). From 2011 to 2015, he led the ERC-funded research project 'The Here and the Hereafter in Islamic Traditions' that studied the various ways in which Muslims past and present have defined the shifting boundary separating this world from the next.

  • Title: Locating Hell in Islamic Traditions
  • Author: Christian Lange (ed.)
  • Publisher: Brill, 2015
  • ISBN: 9789004301214