Muslim Diversity: Local Islam in Global Contexts [NOOK Book]

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The term 'local Islam' has been coined to describe local responses to the effects of globalisation in the Islamic world. All contributions to this volume present cases of 'local Islam' as well as discussing the term itself. But what all of this group of anthropologists and historians convey is a feeling of dissatisfaction with the very term. Their uneasiness relates to the conceptual problems arising from seeing Islam as either local or global. Rather, the authors argue in favour of a focus not on Islam but on ...

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Overview

The term 'local Islam' has been coined to describe local responses to the effects of globalisation in the Islamic world. All contributions to this volume present cases of 'local Islam' as well as discussing the term itself. But what all of this group of anthropologists and historians convey is a feeling of dissatisfaction with the very term. Their uneasiness relates to the conceptual problems arising from seeing Islam as either local or global. Rather, the authors argue in favour of a focus not on Islam but on the lives of Muslims, putting their lives into the context of complex historical developments. Ranging across much of the vast extent of the Islamic world - from West Africa and the Near East to China and Southeast Asia - the contributions deal with the effects of migration on local Islamic traditions in Bangladesh; conflicts between Muslim sects in Pakistan; the development of jihad in West Africa; the problem of maintaining a Muslim identity in China; how Javanese Muslims combine their Islamic faith with belief in a local Javanese spirit world; the comparison between urban- and rural-based Islam in Syria; and (in two studies from western Sudan) issues of belief and broader aspects of identity management in a multi-ethnic situation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136818646
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 260
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
1 Muslim Diversity: Local Islam in Global Contexts 1
2 Global Migrants and Local Shrines: The Shifting Geography of Islam in Sylhet, Bangladesh 37
3 The Theological Construction of Conflict: Gilgit, Northern Pakistan 58
4 Jihad in West Africa: A Global Theme in a Regional Setting 80
5 The Salafiyya Movement in Northwest China: Islamic Fundamentalism among the Muslim Chinese? 102
6 To Colour, Not Oppose: Spreading Islam in Rural Java 150
7 Faith and Identity in Northeast Syria 173
8 The Mosque and the Sacred Mountain: Duality of Religious Beliefs among the Zaghawa of Northwestern Sudan 200
9 On Becoming Muslim: The Construction of Identities among the Lafofa of the Sudan 224
10 Afterword: The Comparative Study of Muslim Societies 244
Index 257
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