What, exactly, are we saying when we casually refer to various Muslims (and others) as literalists? Here is my detailed review of an ambitious book that identifies a whole range of different conceptions of literal meaning in several Islamic disciplines, especially legal theory.
David R. Vishanoff. Review of Robert Gleave, Islam and Literalism: Literal Meaning and Interpretation in Islamic Legal Theory (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013). Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations 25 no. 4 (2014): 553–557.
Permanent link to the published article (Version of Record), with PDF for those whose institutions subscribe to the journal: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2014.946823