9781844673858

Islams And Modernities

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  • ISBN13:

    9781844673858

  • ISBN10:

    1844673855

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2009-08-07
  • Publisher: VERSO
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Summary

The author aligns himself with an anti-essentialist stance, meaning that he rejects the idea that Islam is a fixed body of beliefs or practices. He attacks both fundamentalists and Orientalists for promoting such a misleading view of Islam. Instead, he sees Islam as a living, changing, and constantly reinterpreted body of ideas. He is also skeptical of those who rely on arguments about culture and ethnicity, as if these are fixed categories. Political Islam, which has little to do with traditional models, is linked to the growth of petrodollars in the 1970s. Azmeh relentlessly picks apart conventional wisdom, challenging common cliches, and warning against the careless use of analytical categories.

Author Biography

Aziz Al-Azmeh is CEU University Professor in the School of History at the Central European University, Budapest. Among his books in English are Muslim Kingship: Power and the Sacred in Muslim, Christian and Pagan Polities and The Times of History: Universal Topics in Islamic Historiography.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Preface to the Third Editionp. xi
Prologue: Muslim 'Culture' and the European Tribep. 1
Culturalism, Grand Narrative of Capitalism Exultantp. 17
Civilization, Culture and the New Barbariansp. 40
The Religious and the Secular in Contemporary Arab Lifep. 60
Islamism and the Arabsp. 77
The Discourse of Cultural Authenticity: Islamist Revivalism and Enlightenment Universalismp. 97
Muslim Modernism and the Canonical Textp. 117
Utopia and Islamic Political Thoughtp. 143
Wahhabite Polityp. 157
Islamic Studies and the European Imaginationp. 174
Postmodern Obscurantism and 'the Muslim Question'p. 196
Indexp. 223
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