Islam in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives

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Contemporary treatments of Islam focus on the Middle East; they treat the beliefs and people of that region as representing all of Islam. At most they emphasize the differences between Muslim groups—Sunni vs. Shia, for instance—while overlooking the even greater differences that result from region-specific cultural and political pressures.

Islam in World Cultures gathers the work of ten eminent scholars, each of whom has expertise in the Muslim culture of a particular country or geographical area. Individual chapters explore contemporary developments in the Islamic experience in Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Central Asia, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Ethiopia, and the United States. This broad treatment provides an introduction to the full range of issues relating to Islam in the context of globalization.

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"This distinctive work offers ten well-written, scholarly essays about various regions of the world and their Islamic cultures. It is intended for general audiences … Recommended. Undergraduates seeking a broad introduction to the dynamics of Islam in the modern world."



"As with other titles in this series, the strength of this volume is in its analysis of how Islam interacts with global and local cultures. … appropriate for advanced high school students or undergraduates."



"An excellent resource for understanding not only the various political and cultural issues associated with contemporary Islamic communities around the world, but also the historical conditions responsible for the distinct and fascinating variations found in their religious practices."


American Reference Books Annual

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Table of Contents

Contributors ix
Chapter 1 Islam: Historical Introduction and Overview 1
Chapter 2 Islam after Empire: Turkey and the Arab Middle East 41
Chapter 3 Shi'ite Islam in Contemporary Iran: From Islamic Revolution to Moderating Reform 75
Chapter 4 Debating Orthodoxy, Contesting Tradition: Islam in Contemporary South Asia 103
Chapter 5 Islam in Contemporary Central Asia 133
Chapter 6 Islam in China: Accommodation or Separatism? 161
Chapter 7 Muslim Thought and Practice in Contemporary Indonesia 183
Chapter 8 Religion, Language, and Nationalism: Harari Muslims in Christian Ethiopia 217
Chapter 9 Race, Ideology, and Islam in Contemporary South Africa 253
Chapter 10 Peril and Possibility: Muslim Life in the United States 283
Chapter 11 Suggestions for Further Reading and Internet Resources 309
Chapter 12 Key Terms 337
Index 361
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