chapter  10
Weber and Islamic Sects
ByMichael Cook
Pages 7

There are two ways in which one might approach the theme of this paper. One strategy would be to take the copula in the title as establishing a union of two sets. One might thus begin by invoking Weber and end by disinvoking him; in the intervening stretch one might say whatever one had it in mind to say about Islamic sects. Such an approach would have its attractions, not least the ease with which the resulting paper could be recycled at future conferences on the theme of “X and Islam.” The alternative strategy, and that adopted here, is to construe the copula as establishing an intersection, however slight; an incidental advantage of this approach is that it enables us to be exceedingly brief.