Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah

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Overview

The spread of Islam around the globe has blurred the connection between a religion, a specific society, and a territory. One-third of the world's Muslims now live as members of a minority. At the heart of this development is, on the one hand, the voluntary settlement of Muslims in Western societies and, on the other, the pervasiveness and influence of Western cultural models and social norms. The revival of Islam among Muslim populations in the last twenty years is often wrongly perceived as a backlash against westernization rather than as one of its consequences. Neofundamentalism has been gaining ground among a rootless Muslim youth — particularly among the second- and third-generation migrants in the West — and this phenomenon is feeding new forms of radicalism, ranging from support for Al Qaeda to the outright rejection of integration into Western society.

In this brilliant exegesis of the movement of Islam beyond traditional borders and its unwitting westernization, Olivier Roy argues that Islamic revival, or "re-Islamization," results from the efforts of westernized Muslims to assert their identity in a non-Muslim context. A schism has emerged between mainstream Islamist movements in the Muslim world — including Hamas of Palestine and Hezbollah of Lebanon — and the uprooted militants who strive to establish an imaginary ummah, or Muslim community, not embedded in any particular society or territory. Roy provides a detailed comparison of these transnational movements, whether peaceful, like Tablighi Jama'at and the Islamic brotherhoods, or violent, like Al Qaeda. He shows how neofundamentalism acknowledges without nostalgia the loss of pristine cultures, constructing instead a universal religious identity that transcends the very notion of culture. Thus contemporary Islamic fundamentalism is not a single-note reaction against westernization but a product and an agent of the complex forces of globalization.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
[Roy] suggest[s] that the important events in the world of Islam are taking place not in the regions we ordinarily think of as Islamic but in Europe.

— Noah Feldman

Future Survey
A very well-informed tour of the complexities of contemporary Islam.
Middle East Journal
Oliver Roy's writings are always worth reading, and Globalized Islam is no exception.
Choice

An in-depth analysis...An ambitious project...Recommended.

Strategic Insight
This book is a wonderful exploration of ideas on the future of Islamic radicalism.

— LCDR Aboul-Enein

Weekly Standard
Always ahead of his time.

— Reuel Marc Gerecht

London Review of Books
Roy is enormously knowledgeable and well aware of the problems faced by young Muslims.

— Lawrence Rosen

American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences
Roy's sociological theories cast a refreshing light on Islam's role as a minority religion in the West.
Midwest Book Review: California Bookwatch
An essential key to understanding not evident in similar-sounding discussions.
Digest of Middle East Studies
This is an important book, one that must be read... [and] will serve as a useful referent for some time.

— Sanford Silverburg

Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International
One of the Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International's 25 Top Books for Today's Bookshelf on Terrorism.
Harper's
The most comprehensive and rigorous study of the subject to date.

— John Gray

The International Journal of Middle East Studies
Richness of analysis and breadth of data make [ Globalized Islam] a pioneering contribution to the literature on globalization and Islam.
Globe & Mail
Nuanced discussion.

— Nader Hashemi

Midwest Book Review: California Bookwatch
An essential key to understanding not evident in similar-sounding discussions.
Middle East Quarterly - Martin Kramer
Olivier Roy is perhaps the most provocative and innovative writer on Islamism today.... There is no more reliable guide to this labyrinth.
The Guardian - Jonathan Steele
His new book provides one of the best and most detailed snapshots of 'real existing Islam' currently available.
Globe and Mail - Nader Hashemi
Nuanced discussion.
Spiked Online - Josie Appleton
Roy cuts through the mystical veil of religion... Globalized Islam gets under the skin of today's quintessentially modern forms of Islam and points the debate in a new direction.
Foreign Affairs - Mahmood Mamdani
Roy's sociological analysis is always insightful.
Washington Post Book World - Fawaz A. Gerces
Superb and complex sociological study.
New York Times Book Review - Noah Feldman
[Roy] suggest[s] that the important events in the world of Islam are taking place not in the regions we ordinarily think of as Islamic but in Europe.
Strategic Insight - LCDR Aboul-Enein
This book is a wonderful exploration of ideas on the future of Islamic radicalism.
Weekly Standard - Reuel Marc Gerecht
Always ahead of his time.
London Review of Books - Lawrence Rosen
Roy is enormously knowledgeable and well aware of the problems faced by young Muslims.
Digest of Middle East Studies - Sanford Silverburg
This is an important book, one that must be read... [and] will serve as a useful referent for some time.
Harper's - John Gray
The most comprehensive and rigorous study of the subject to date.
Choice
An in-depth analysis...An ambitious project...Recommended.
The Economist
High-octane brainwork...a large and highly intelligent contribution.
Middle East Quarterly
Olivier Roy is perhaps the most provocative and innovative writer on Islamism today.... There is no more reliable guide to this labyrinth.

— Martin Kramer

The Guardian
His new book provides one of the best and most detailed snapshots of 'real existing Islam' currently available.

— Jonathan Steele

Globe and Mail

Nuanced discussion.

— Nader Hashemi

Spiked Online
Roy cuts through the mystical veil of religion... Globalized Islam gets under the skin of today's quintessentially modern forms of Islam and points the debate in a new direction.

— Josie Appleton

Foreign Affairs
Roy's sociological analysis is always insightful.

— Mahmood Mamdani

Washington Post Book World
Superb and complex sociological study.

— Fawaz A. Gerces

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Meet the Author

Olivier Roy is a professor at EHESS, the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris. Among his books are The Failure of Political Islam, The New Central Asia, and (with Mariam Abou Zahab) Islamist Networks: The Afghan-Pakistan Connection (Columbia, 2004).

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction: Islam: A Passage to the WestThe failure of political Islam: and what? Islam as a minorityAcculturation and 'objectification' of IslamRecasting identities, westernising religiosityWhere are the Muslim reformers? Crisis of authority and self-enunciationReligion as identityThe triumph of the selfSecularisation through religion? Is jihad closer to Marx than to the Koran? What is Bin Laden's stategy?

2. Post-IslamismThe failure of political Islam revisitedFrom Islamism to nationalismStates without nation, brothers and stateThe crisis of diasporasIslam is never a stretegic factor as suchThe political integratoin of IslamistsFrom utopia to conservatismThe elusive 'Muslim vote'Democracy without democratsThe Iranian Islamic revolution: how politics defines religionIslamisation as a factor secularisationConservative re-IslamisationPost-Islamism: the privatisation of religion

3. Muslims in the WestHow to live as a sateless Muslim minorityHistorical paradigms of Muslims as a minorityAcculturation and identity reconstruction

4. The Triumph of hte Religios SelfThe loss of religious authority and the 'objectification' of IslamImmigration and reformulation of IslamThe crisis of authority and religious knowledgeThe religious market and the sociology of Islamic actorsIndividualisation of enunciation and propagandaFaith and selfHumanism, ethical Islam and salvationEnunciation of the selfRecommunitarisation and construction of identity

5. Islam in the West or the Westernisation of IslamThe building of Muslim 'churches'Neo-brohterhoos and New Age religiosity

6. The Modernity of an Archaic Way of Thinking: NeofundamentalismSources and actors of neofundamentalismThe basic tenets of neofundamentalismNeofundamentalists and IslamistsNeofundamentalists and radical violenceWhy is neofundamentalism successful? The new frontier of the imagined ummah

7. On the Path to War: Bin Laden and OthersAl Qaeda and the new terroristsDeterritorialisationRe-islamisation in the West Uprooting and acculturationThe peripheral jihadThe Western-born or second-generation MuslimsThe converts and the 'protest conversion'The subcontractorsThe future of Al Qaeda

8. Remapping the World: Civilisation, Religion and StrategyCulture, religion and civilisations: the conundrum of clash and dialogueThe debate on valuesMilitary strategy on abstract territories

Index

Columbia University Press

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