Islam and the Orientalist World-System

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Featuring Immanuel Wallerstein, Joseph Massad, Marnia Lazreg, and other well-known and emerging new authors, this book seeks a more accurate understanding of Islam and Islamic societies’ role and relations to global cultural and economic realities.

The book confronts a trend today of analyzing Islam as a “cultural system” that stands outside of, and even predates, modernity. The authors see this trend as part of a racist discourse unaware of the realities of contemporary Islam. Islamic societies today are products of the world capitalist system and cannot be understood as being separate from its forces. The authors offer a more carefully constructed and richer portrait of Islamic societies today while forcefully challenging the belief that Islam is not part of, nor much affected by, the modern world-system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594515194
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Political Economy of the World-System Annuals
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Khaldoun Samman is Associate Professor of Sociology at Macalester College, Minnesota.

Mazhar Al-Zo'by is Professor of global studies and world humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Zayed University (UAE).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Part I Introduction

1 Islam, Orientalism, and the Modern World-System Khaldoun Samman Mazhar Al-Zo'by 3

Part II Systems, Culture, and Difference

2 The Political Construction of Islam in the Modern World-System Immanuel Wallerstein 25

3 Civilized or Decadent? Time and the Culture of the Arabs Joseph Massad 37

4 Women: The Trojan Horse of Islam and Geopolitics Marnia Lazreg 55

Part III Islam and the World-System

5 Does Islam Exist? The Islamic Longue Duree and World-Systems Analysis Boris Stremlin 79

6 Putting Islam Back into the Equation: Islam as a Discursive World-System Ovamir Anjum 93

7 Islamic Activism and the "Secular" Modern World-System: Muslim Networks, Turkish Integration, and the Civil/Cosmopolitan Movement of Fethullah Gulen Joshua D. Hendrick 106

Part IV Religion, Capitalism, and Social Movements

8 Transformations of Capitalism: The Significance of Religious and Ethnic Movements Fouad Kalouche Eric Mielants 129

9 Political Islamism and Political Hinduism as Forms of Social Protection in the Modern World-System Ganesh K. Trichur 154

Part V Identity, Binaries, and Difference

10 Define and Rule: The Role of Orientalism in (Re)Colonizing Eastern Europe Manuela Boatca 187

11 From Utopistics to Utopystics: Integrative Reflections on Potential Contributions of Mysticism to World-Systems Analyses and Praxes of Historical Alternatives Mohammad H. Tamdgidi 202

12 Beyond Master and Slave, Subject/Object, Self/Other in the Contemporary World-System: A Critical Understanding of Identity Construction and the Islamist Movements Paul C. Mocombe 220

About the Contributors 233

Series List 236

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