Globalization and Islamism: Beyond Fundamentalism

Globalization and Islamism: Beyond Fundamentalism

by Nevzat Soguk
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.


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Globalization and Islamism: Beyond Fundamentalism

Tensions between the West and the Islamic world have reached an all-time high, fueled by caricatures and misunderstandings on both sides. In contrast, as Nevzat Soguk shows, actual histories reveal profound connections across Islamic and Western civilizations. Moving beyond the usual focus on Wahhabi fundamentalism, Soguk highlights the often-overlooked non-Arab forms of Islam in Turkey and in Indonesia, which holds the world's largest population of Muslims. He argues that Westerners tend to see only an extremist form of Islam, which obscures the political and cultural pluralism supported within majority-Islamic countries around the world. This book taps into the nexus of tension born of the fear and terror engendered by Wahabi movements on one hand and the promise of a tolerant, pluralist Islamic religiosity in Turkey and Indonesia on the other. It examines the multiple historical political and religious legacies in Turkey and Indonesia in light of the rapid globalization they are experiencing. By focusing on these two countries, the author fills a significant void on the diverse role Islam is poised to play in shaping regional and global political futures. Original, timely, and humane, this book will be essential reading for all those concerned about repairing Western-Islamic relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742557512
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/16/2010
Series: Globalization Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 2.90(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nevzat Soguk is professor of political science at the University of Hawaìi at Manoa.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Islam, Islamism, and Globalization
Chapter 1: Islamic Globalism Unveiled
Chapter 2: Histories Untold: The Irresistible Charm of Islamic Cosmopolitanism
Chapter 3: Islamic Intellectual Legacies: Modern Amnesia and Political Philosophy
Chapter 4: Crossroads of Global Islam and Islamism in Turkey
Chapter 5: Archipelagos of Islam in Indonesia
Chapter 6: Radical Vanishing: Islam into Global Commonspaces

What People are Saying About This

Peter Mandaville

Nevzat Soguk brilliantly subverts the conventional 'Jihad vs. McWorld' discussion of Islam and globalization by unveiling both the intrinsic modernity of Muslimness and the Muslimness of modernity. An erudite, highly readable, and thoroughly human account of Islamic cosmopolitanism.

Daniel Kirk

This book provides the depth and analysis that has been hard to find until now—great text!

Mustapha Kamal Pasha

Globalization and Islamism is a gem of a book. Elegantly written, it effectively tears down essentialist accounts of the so-called phenomenon of 'political Islam.'

John D. Stempel

An excellent broad approach that spells out individual difference in a comprehendible framework.

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