Islam and Modernity: Key Issues and Debates

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Recent events have focused attention on the perceived differences and tensions between the Muslim world and the modern West. As a major strand of Western public discourse has it, Islam appears resistant to internal development and remains inherently pre-modern. However Muslim societies have experienced most of the same structural changes that have impacted upon all societies: massive urbanisation, mass education, dramatically increased communication, the emergence of new types of institutions and associations, ...
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Overview


Recent events have focused attention on the perceived differences and tensions between the Muslim world and the modern West. As a major strand of Western public discourse has it, Islam appears resistant to internal development and remains inherently pre-modern. However Muslim societies have experienced most of the same structural changes that have impacted upon all societies: massive urbanisation, mass education, dramatically increased communication, the emergence of new types of institutions and associations, some measure of political mobilisation, and major transformations of the economy. These developments are accompanied by a wide range of social movements and by complex and varied religious and ideological debates. This textbook is a pioneering study providing an introduction to and overview of the debates and questions that have emerged regarding Islam and modernity. Key issues are selected to give readers an understanding of the complexity of the phenomenon from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The various manifestations of modernity in Muslim life discussed include social change and the transformation of political and religious institutions, gender politics, changing legal regimes, devotional practices and forms of religious association, shifts in religious authority, and modern developments in Muslim religious thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748637928
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Muhammad Masud is Chairman at the Council of Islamic Ideology, Islamabad.

Armando Salvatore is Associate Professor of Political Sociology of Modern and Contemporary Islam at the Oriental Studies University, Naples.

Martin van Bruinessen is Professor of the Comparative Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at the Utrecht University.

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Table of Contents

Preface vi

Part 1 Conceptualising Modernity

1 Tradition and Modernity within Islamic Civilisation and the West Armando Salvatore 3

2 Western Scholars of Islam on the Issue of Modernity Muhammad Khalid Masud Armando Salvatore 36

Part 2 Negotiating Modernity

3 Political Modernity Sami Zubaida 57

4 Islam, Modernity and the Politics of Gender Deniz Kandiyoti 91

5 Sufism, 'Popular' Islam and the Encounter with Modernity Martin van Bruinessen 125

6 Colonialism and Islamic Law Ebrahim Moosa 158

Part 3 Debating Modernity

7 The Reform Project in the Emerging Public Spheres Armando Salvatore 185

8 The Ulama and Contestations on Religious Authority Muhammad Qasim Zaman 206

9 Islamic Modernism Muhammad Khalid Masud 237

10 The Shifting Politics of Identity Abdulkader Tayob 261

List of Contributors 285

Index 288

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