Resurgent Islam: A Socialogical Approach / Edition 1

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The contemporary resurgence of Islam in all of its varied manifestations demands the attention of social scientists. This ground-breaking book provides a unique insight into resurgent Islam from the standpoint of sociology. Clearly written, and jargon free, the book aims to create a more comprehensive and balanced understanding of recent Islamic resurgence.

Amongst the many themes explored, the book brings together in a single theoretical framework debates on the diversity of Islam, moderate and radical forms of Islamic belief, secularisation, the role of education and socialisation, the impact of globalization processes, and 'Islamic terrorism' and its causes.

Resurgent Islam provides a genuinely refreshing sociological alternative to the many politically loaded arguments on 'Islam and the West'. As such, it encourages deeper reflection on the causes of the current religious resurgence and associated conflicts.

The book will be essential reading for students across the social sciences, and for anyone seeking to understand how Islam has risen to prominence in local, national, and global contexts.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Aims to offer a refreshing and rigorous sociologicalanalysis of the worldwide resurgence of Islam, focusing on‘the underlying social processes produced by the expandingfigurational relations of interdependent people within Muslimsocieties and between nation-states’. This aim is achievedwith style. Lucidly and confidently written, this book usessociological perspectives to challenge as well as improve currentunderstanding of, and explanation for,the growth of the Islamicfaith and activism across the world, significantly since9/11.”
British Journal of Sociology

“While the sociology of Islam flourished in the earlytwentieth century, recent contributions to the sociology of'resurgent Islam' have been modest. Sutton and Vertigans havetherefore made an important contribution towards bringing sociologyback in. Their highly readable account of Islam draws onsociological studies of suicide, the civilising process,globalization theory, clash of civilisations thesis, secularisationtheory and the analysis of the state. The result is a comprehensivetheoretical framework that is sociological, scholarly andstimulating.”
Bryan S. Turner, National University of Singapore

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745632322
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/18/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Sutton is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at RobertGordon University, Aberdeen.

Stephen Vertigans is Senior Lecturer in Sociology atRobert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

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Table of Contents



1. Resurgent Islam in a Secular World

2. The Paradox of Secularization

3. Sacrifice and Salvation in 'Islamic Terrorism'

4. Islam and Globalization

5. Clash of Civilizations and Civilizing Processes

6. Secular Establishment and Islamic Outsiders

7. Resurgent Islam and Sociology




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