Asian Islam in the 21st Century

Asian Islam in the 21st Century

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Asian Islam in the 21st Century by John L. Esposito, John Voll, Osman Bakar

Although more than half of the world's Muslims live in Asia, most books on contemporary Islam focus on the Middle East, giving short shift to the dynamic and diverse presence of Asian Islam in regional and global politics. The Muslims of Asia constitute the largest Muslim communities in the world - Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Central Asia. In recent years, terrorist bombings in Bali, separatist conflicts in Thailand and the Philippines, and opposition politics in Central Asia, all point to the strategic importance of Asian Islam. In Asian Islam in the 21st Century, terrorism and its effects are placed within the broader context of Muslim politics and how Islamic ideals and movements, mainstream and extremist, have shaped Asian Muslim societies. Democratization experiments -- successful and unsuccessful -- are examined. The rise of radical militant movements is analyzed and placed in historical perspective. The result is an insightful portrait of the rich diversity of Muslim politics and discourse that continue to affect Asian Muslim majority and minority countries. Specialists and students of Islamic studies, religion and international affairs, and comparative politics as well as general readers will benefit from this sorely needed comprehensive analysis of a part of the world that has become increasingly important in the 21st century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198044215
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 674 KB

About the Author

John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He is Editor-in Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and The Oxford History of Islam. His more than 35 books include World Religions Today, Second Edition, Islam: The Straight Path, Revised Third Edition, Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, and What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. John O. Voll is Professor of Islamic history and Associate Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Osman Bakar is Professor at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University, MALAYSIA.

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