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Islamism (Hardcover, New): Anders Strindberg, Mats Warn Islamism (Hardcover, New)
Anders Strindberg, Mats Warn
R1,321 R1,019 Discovery Miles 10 190 Save R302 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Islamism has emerged as one of the most significant political ideologies of the 21st century. From the Islamic Revolution in Iran to the grinding struggle of Hizballah in Lebanon and the devastating 9/11 attacks by al-Qa'ida, Islam has become both a critical discourse and a framework for active resistance, which levels a potent challenge against the ideals of modern secularism and the structures of Western hegemony.

This book offers a rigorous and balanced analysis of how and why Islamism has risen to the fore as the dominant voice of Islamic discourse and what accounts for the often vastly different political agendas, tactical choices and strategic objectives of individual Islamist groups. It shows how a common Islamist language of resistance and defiance acquires distinctive meanings and implications in different local contexts, as well as how these local struggles connect to each other. Drawing on important insights from social psychology, critical studies, and post-colonial studies, the book pinpoints the underlying dynamic that drives Islamist struggles in the world today, and shows how diverse experiences of repression and humiliation - real or perceived - are translated into an equally diverse collection of struggles aimed at promoting an alternative social order of independence and dignity framed by Islam.

"Islamism" will be essential reading for students and scholars of Islamic Studies, as well as general readers with an interest in the role and status of Islam in contemporary international politics.

Critical Muslim 29 - Futures (Paperback): Ziauddin Sardar Critical Muslim 29 - Futures (Paperback)
Ziauddin Sardar
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How is the future changing? Is there a single determinant future or a plethora of alternative futures? How do we actually study futures and can we trust anything anyone says about 'the future'? Are Muslim societies prepared for the coming tsunami of change? This issue of Critical Muslim takes a searching look at all things 'futures', from trends to scenarios, from Sofia the Robot to weaponised code, and from Afrofuturism to climate change. It explores what images and metaphors of the future say about the present. With contributions from a string of noted futurists including Sohail Inayatullah, Wendy Schultz, Christopher Jones, Jordi Serra and others. About Critical Muslim: A quarterly publication of ideas and issues showcasing groundbreaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world. Each edition centers on a discrete theme, and contributions include reportage, academic analysis, cultural commentary, photography, poetry, and book reviews.

Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment - A Global and Historical Comparison (Paperback): Ahmet T. Kuru Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment - A Global and Historical Comparison (Paperback)
Ahmet T. Kuru
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Why do Muslim-majority countries exhibit high levels of authoritarianism and low levels of socio-economic development in comparison to world averages? Ahmet T. Kuru criticizes explanations which point to Islam as the cause of this disparity, because Muslims were philosophically and socio-economically more developed than Western Europeans between the ninth and twelfth centuries. Nor was Western colonialism the cause: Muslims had already suffered political and socio-economic problems when colonization began. Kuru argues that Muslims had influential thinkers and merchants in their early history, when religious orthodoxy and military rule were prevalent in Europe. However, in the eleventh century, an alliance between orthodox Islamic scholars (the ulema) and military states began to emerge. This alliance gradually hindered intellectual and economic creativity by marginalizing intellectual and bourgeois classes in the Muslim world. This important study links its historical explanation to contemporary politics by showing that, to this day, ulema-state alliance still prevents creativity and competition in Muslim countries.

The Book of Hadith - Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad from the Mishkat Al Masabih (English, Arabic, Paperback, New): Charles Le... The Book of Hadith - Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad from the Mishkat Al Masabih (English, Arabic, Paperback, New)
Charles Le Gai Eaton; Edited by Kabir Helminski; Translated by Mahmoud Mostafa
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This selection of the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad was made by the internationally respected British Muslim scholar, Charles le Gai Eaton. The Book of Hadith captures not only the practical and profound wisdom of the Prophet, but his human side as well. Contains Arabic text as well.

Beyond Terror - Islam's Slow Erosion of Western Democracy (Hardcover): Anne-Marie Waters Beyond Terror - Islam's Slow Erosion of Western Democracy (Hardcover)
Anne-Marie Waters; Foreword by Pipes Daniel
R661 Discovery Miles 6 610 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
On British Islam - Religion, Law, and Everyday Practice in Shari'a Councils (Hardcover): John R. Bowen On British Islam - Religion, Law, and Everyday Practice in Shari'a Councils (Hardcover)
John R. Bowen
R622 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R141 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

On British Islam examines the history and everyday workings of Islamic institutions in Britain, with a focus on shari?a councils. These councils concern themselves with religious matters, especially divorce. They have a higher profile in Britain than in other Western nations. Why? Taking a historical and ethnographic look at British Islam, John Bowen examines how Muslims have created distinctive religious institutions in Britain and how shari?a councils interpret and apply Islamic law in a secular British context. Bowen focuses on three specific shari?a councils: the oldest and most developed, in London; a Midlands community led by a Sufi saint and barrister; and a Birmingham-based council in which women play a leading role. Bowen shows that each of these councils represents a prolonged, unique experiment in meeting Muslims' needs in a Western country. He also discusses how the councils have become a flash point in British public debates even as they adapt to the English legal environment. On British Islam highlights British Muslims' efforts to create institutions that make sense in both Islamic and British terms. This balancing act is rarely acknowledged in Britain--or elsewhere--but it is urgent that we understand it if we are to build new ways of living together.

Female Islamic Education Movements - The Re-democratisation of Islamic Knowledge (Hardcover): Masooda Bano Female Islamic Education Movements - The Re-democratisation of Islamic Knowledge (Hardcover)
Masooda Bano
R1,672 R1,546 Discovery Miles 15 460 Save R126 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Since the 1970s, movements aimed at giving Muslim women access to the serious study of Islamic texts have emerged across the world. In this book, Masooda Bano argues that the creative spirit that marked the rise and consolidation of Islam, whereby Islam inspired serious intellectual engagement to create optimal societal institutions, can be found within these education movements. Drawing on rich ethnographic material from Pakistan, northern Nigeria and Syria, Bano questions the restricted notion of agency associated with these movements, exploring the educational networks which have attracted educated, professional and culturally progressive Muslim women to textual study, thus helping to reverse the most damaging legacy of colonial rule in Muslim societies: the isolation of modern and Islamic knowledge. With its comparative approach, this will appeal to those studying and researching the role of women across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, as well as the wider Muslim world.

Lone Star Muslims - Transnational Lives and the South Asian Experience in Texas (Paperback): Ahmed Afzal Lone Star Muslims - Transnational Lives and the South Asian Experience in Texas (Paperback)
Ahmed Afzal
R502 R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Save R68 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Lone Star Muslims offers an engaging and insightful look at contemporary Muslim American life in Texas. It illuminates the dynamics of the Pakistani Muslim community in Houston, a city with one of the largest Muslim populations in the south and southwestern United States. Drawing on interviews and participant observation at radio stations, festivals, and ethnic businesses, the volume explores everyday Muslim lives at the intersection of race, class, profession, gender, sexuality, and religious sectarian affiliation to demonstrate the complexity of the South Asian experience. Importantly, the volume incorporates narratives of gay Muslim American men of Pakistani descent, countering the presumed heteronormativity evident in most of the social science scholarship on Muslim Americans and revealing deeply felt affiliations to Islam through ritual and practice. It also includes narratives of members of the highly skilled Shia Ismaili Muslim labor force employed in corporate America, of Pakistani ethnic entrepreneurs, the working class and the working poor employed in Pakistani ethnic businesses, of community activists, and of radio program hosts. Decentering dominant framings that flatten understandings of transnational Islam and Muslim Americans, such as "terrorist" on the one hand, and "model minority" on the other, Lone Star Muslims offers a glimpse into a variety of lived experiences. It shows how specificities of class, Islamic sectarian affiliation, citizenship status, gender, and sexuality shape transnational identities and mediate racism, marginalities, and abjection.

Gulen - The Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World (Paperback): Joshua D Hendrick Gulen - The Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World (Paperback)
Joshua D Hendrick
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The Hizmet (Service) Movement of Fethullah Gulen is Turkey's most influential Islamic identity community. Widely praised throughout the early 2000s as a mild and moderate variation on Islamic political identity, the Gulen Movement has long been a topic of both adulation and conspiracy in Turkey, and has become more controversial as it spreads across the world. In Gulen, Joshua D. Hendrick suggests that when analyzed in accordance with its political and economic impact, the Gulen Movement, despite both praise and criticism, should be given credit for playing a significant role in Turkey's rise to global prominence. Drawing on 14 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Turkey and the U.S., Hendrick examines the Gulen Movement's role in Turkey's recent rise, as well as its strategic relationship with Turkey's Justice and Development Party-led government. He argues that the movement's growth and impact both inside and outside Turkey position both its leader and its followers as indicative of a post political turn in twenty-first century Islamic political identity in general, and as illustrative of Turkey's political, economic, and cultural transformation in particular. Joshua D. Hendrick is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.

Gifts of the Sultan - The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts (Hardcover): Linda Komaroff Gifts of the Sultan - The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts (Hardcover)
Linda Komaroff
R1,135 R1,043 Discovery Miles 10 430 Save R92 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The giving of gifts both delights the recipient and pleases the giver. Practiced in all societies, gift exchange has a history as long as humanity. This gloriously illustrated catalogue is the first investigation of gift-giving and its impact on the development of art in the Islamic world. Presenting some 240 rare and costly works of art associated with gift exchanges among the courts of Islam, Byzantium, western Europe, and eastern Asia, the book provides a wide-ranging view of Islamic art and culture from the 8th through the 19th century.

At courts across the Islamic world, gift-giving often served as a nexus of art and diplomacy, religion, and interpersonal relations. The book examines the complex interplay between artistic production and gift-based patronage through numerous examples of deluxe, aesthetically pleasing objects either commissioned or repurposed as gifts. Tracing the unique histories of selected artworks, the book also explores how the exchange of luxury objects played a central role in the circulation, emulation, and assimilation of artistic forms within and beyond the Islamic world.

The Call of the Free - An adaptation of Rida al-Khafaji's Sawt al-Hurr al-Riyahi (Hardcover): Sayyid Amjad Hussain Shah... The Call of the Free - An adaptation of Rida al-Khafaji's Sawt al-Hurr al-Riyahi (Hardcover)
Sayyid Amjad Hussain Shah Naqavi
R318 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R38 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Hui Muslims in China (Paperback): Gui Rong, Zekiye Gonul Hacer, Zhang Xiaoyan Hui Muslims in China (Paperback)
Gui Rong, Zekiye Gonul Hacer, Zhang Xiaoyan
R784 R718 Discovery Miles 7 180 Save R66 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Entrepreneurship and Management in an Islamic Context (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Veland Ramadani, Leo Paul Dana, Shqipe... Entrepreneurship and Management in an Islamic Context (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Veland Ramadani, Leo Paul Dana, Shqipe Gerguri-Rashiti, Vanessa Ratten
R3,151 R2,453 Discovery Miles 24 530 Save R698 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The aim of this volume is to explore entrepreneurship and business from the perspective of Islamic principles, which are usually based on collaboration, teamwork, generosity and altruism. The contributions deal with the confluence of Islamic Principles with entrepreneurial and business ownership characteristics; resource use by entrepreneurs; means of entrepreneurial success, and ethics and social responsibility.

Corinth in Late Antiquity - A Greek, Roman and Christian City (Paperback): Amelia R. Brown Corinth in Late Antiquity - A Greek, Roman and Christian City (Paperback)
Amelia R. Brown
R654 Discovery Miles 6 540 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Late antique Corinth was on the frontline of the radical political, economic and religious transformations that swept across the Mediterranean world from the second to sixth centuries CE. A strategic merchant city, it became a hugely important metropolis in Roman Greece and, later, a key focal point for early Christianity. In late antiquity, Corinthians recognised new Christian authorities; adopted novel rites of civic celebration and decoration; and destroyed, rebuilt and added to the city's ancient landscape and monuments. Drawing on evidence from ancient literary sources, extensive archaeological excavations and historical records, Amelia Brown here surveys this period of urban transformation, from the old Agora and temples to new churches and fortifications. Influenced by the methodological advances of urban studies, Brown demonstrates the many ways Corinthians responded to internal and external pressures by building, demolishing and repurposing urban public space, thus transforming Corinthian society, civic identity and urban infrastructure. In a departure from isolated textual and archaeological studies, she connects this process to broader changes in metropolitan life, contributing to the present understanding of urban experience in the late antique Mediterranean.

Allah's Torch - A Report from Behind the Scenes in Asia's War on Terror (Paperback): Tracy Dahlby Allah's Torch - A Report from Behind the Scenes in Asia's War on Terror (Paperback)
Tracy Dahlby
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On the front-lines with the building of Al Queda forces in Indonesia both before and after 9/11, written in provocative style by the former Asia bureau chief for Newsweek International. In Allah's Torch, National Geographic's Tracy Dahlby takes readers into the sprawling, porous, virtually lawless domain of Indonesia, where overlapping lines of radical Islamic rage are now converging in Asia, posing new threats to Westerners at home and abroad. From the moment the adventure begins, the night the author blunders on board an Indonesian passenger ship with 600 Islamic warriors on an anti-Christian jihad, readers glimpse the passions, politics and personalities fuelling radical Islam's relentless march. We listen as Koran-thumping preachers, hardened holy warriors and fresh-faced recruits, police investigators, military commandos, and spies try to make sense of the epidemic chaos that threatens the region - and now the world beyond. Based on reporting both before and after September 11, Allah's Torch is an action-packed and thought-provoking narrative that enables readers to see the face of Islamic terror more clearly and assess the threat for themselves.

Islamism (Paperback): Anders Strindberg, Mats Warn Islamism (Paperback)
Anders Strindberg, Mats Warn
R419 R397 Discovery Miles 3 970 Save R22 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Islamism has emerged as one of the most significant political ideologies of the 21st century. From the Islamic Revolution in Iran to the grinding struggle of Hizballah in Lebanon and the devastating 9/11 attacks by al-Qa'ida, Islam has become both a critical discourse and a framework for active resistance, which levels a potent challenge against the ideals of modern secularism and the structures of Western hegemony.

This book offers a rigorous and balanced analysis of how and why Islamism has risen to the fore as the dominant voice of Islamic discourse and what accounts for the often vastly different political agendas, tactical choices and strategic objectives of individual Islamist groups. It shows how a common Islamist language of resistance and defiance acquires distinctive meanings and implications in different local contexts, as well as how these local struggles connect to each other. Drawing on important insights from social psychology, critical studies, and post-colonial studies, the book pinpoints the underlying dynamic that drives Islamist struggles in the world today, and shows how diverse experiences of repression and humiliation - real or perceived - are translated into an equally diverse collection of struggles aimed at promoting an alternative social order of independence and dignity framed by Islam.

"Islamism" will be essential reading for students and scholars of Islamic Studies, as well as general readers with an interest in the role and status of Islam in contemporary international politics.

Keeping It Halal - The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys (Hardcover): John O'Brien Keeping It Halal - The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys (Hardcover)
John O'Brien
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A compelling portrait of a group of boys as they navigate the complexities of being both American teenagers and good Muslims This book provides a uniquely personal look at the social worlds of a group of young male friends as they navigate the complexities of growing up Muslim in America. Drawing on three and a half years of intensive fieldwork in and around a large urban mosque, John O'Brien offers a compelling portrait of typical Muslim American teenage boys concerned with typical teenage issues--girlfriends, school, parents, being cool--yet who are also expected to be good, practicing Muslims who don't date before marriage, who avoid vulgar popular culture, and who never miss their prayers. Many Americans unfamiliar with Islam or Muslims see young men like these as potential ISIS recruits. But neither militant Islamism nor Islamophobia is the main concern of these boys, who are focused instead on juggling the competing cultural demands that frame their everyday lives. O'Brien illuminates how they work together to manage their "culturally contested lives" through subtle and innovative strategies--such as listening to profane hip-hop music in acceptably "Islamic" ways, professing individualism to cast their participation in communal religious obligations as more acceptably American, dating young Muslim women in ambiguous ways that intentionally complicate adjudications of Islamic permissibility, and presenting a "low-key Islam" in public in order to project a Muslim identity without drawing unwanted attention. Closely following these boys as they move through their teen years together, Keeping It Halal sheds light on their strategic efforts to manage their day-to-day cultural dilemmas as they devise novel and dynamic modes of Muslim American identity in a new and changing America.

Islamic Philosophy from the 12th to the 14th Century (Hardcover): Nariman Aavani, Peter Adamson, Hanif Amin Beidokhti, Fedor... Islamic Philosophy from the 12th to the 14th Century (Hardcover)
Nariman Aavani, Peter Adamson, Hanif Amin Beidokhti, Fedor Benevich, Davlat Dadikhuda, …
R1,483 R1,302 Discovery Miles 13 020 Save R181 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Unforgettable Dalit Voice - Life, Writings & Speeches of M. C. Rajah (Hardcover): Swaraj Basu Unforgettable Dalit Voice - Life, Writings & Speeches of M. C. Rajah (Hardcover)
Swaraj Basu
R1,127 R874 Discovery Miles 8 740 Save R253 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book is a collection of writings and speeches of M.C. Rajah who was one of the great Dalit leaders of pre-Independent India. Anyone interested in understanding the history of India's Dalit movement will find this book very valuable. M C Rajah was born in a Dalit family of Tamil Nadu in 1883 and till he died in 1943 he was in the forefront of the Dalit's struggle for equality, justice and rights. What is most important about him is that he was the first Dalit leader in the Madras Legislative Council and also the first Dalit leader in the Central Legislative Assembly. His commitment towards the cause of Dalits and particularly his efforts to make provision for education of Dalits drew the attention of the British government and he was conferred the title of Rai Bahadur in 1922. Being influenced by the Non-Brahmin movement in Tamil Nadu M C Rajah realised the importance of mobilising Dalits whose interests in his opinion were not protected by Non-Brahmin leaders. Written in 1925 his book, The Oppressed Hindus, gives an account of the glorious history and tradition of Dalits in Tamil Nadu and the new identity given to them as 'Adi-Dravidas'. M C Rajah's representations to the British government, correspondence with Gandhiji and Dr B R Ambedkar and his speeches in the provincial and central legislatures for about twenty years provide valuable insights about his struggle for the empowerment of Dalits.

Islam Is a Foreign Country - American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (Paperback): Zareena Grewal Islam Is a Foreign Country - American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (Paperback)
Zareena Grewal
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In Islam Is a Foreign Country, Zareena Grewal explores some of the most pressing debates about and among American Muslims: what does it mean to be Muslim and American? Who has the authority to speak for Islam and to lead the stunningly diverse population of American Muslims? Do their ties to the larger Muslim world undermine their efforts to make Islam an American religion? Offering rich insights into these questions and more, Grewal follows the journeys of American Muslim youth who travel in global, underground Islamic networks. Devoutly religious and often politically disaffected, these young men and women are in search of a home for themselves and their tradition. Through their stories, Grewal captures the multiple directions of the global flows of people, practices, and ideas that connect U.S. mosques to the Muslim world. By examining the tension between American Muslims' ambivalence toward the American mainstream and their desire to enter it, Grewal puts contemporary debates about Islam in the context of a long history of American racial and religious exclusions. Probing the competing obligations of American Muslims to the nation and to the umma (the global community of Muslim believers), Islam is a Foreign Country investigates the meaning of American citizenship and the place of Islam in a global age.

Compendium of Shi'i Pilgrimage Prayers, Volume 2 - Al-Najaf Al-Ashraf (Paperback): Mu'assasat al-Imam al-Hada Compendium of Shi'i Pilgrimage Prayers, Volume 2 - Al-Najaf Al-Ashraf (Paperback)
Mu'assasat al-Imam al-Hada; Translated by Mohammad Mehdi Baghi
R371 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R63 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Compendium of Shi'i Pilgrimage Prayers, Volume 6 - General Visitiation Prayers (Paperback): Mu'assasat al-Imam al-Hada Compendium of Shi'i Pilgrimage Prayers, Volume 6 - General Visitiation Prayers (Paperback)
Mu'assasat al-Imam al-Hada; Translated by Mohammad Mehdi Baghi
R422 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R76 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Burma - Jungle Warfare and Intelligence Gathering in WW2 (Paperback): Richard Duckett The Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Burma - Jungle Warfare and Intelligence Gathering in WW2 (Paperback)
Richard Duckett
R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In the mountains and jungles of occupied Burma during World War II, British special forces launched a series of secret operations, assisted by parts of the Burmese population. The men of the SOE, trained in sabotage and guerrilla warfare, worked in the jungle, deep behind enemy lines, to frustrate the puppet Burmese government of Ba Maw and continue the fight against Hirohito's Japan in a theatre starved of resources. Here, Richard Duckett uses newly declassified documents from the National Archives to reveal for the first time the extent of British special forces' involvement - from the 1941 operations until beyond Burma's independence from the British Empire in 1948. Duckett argues convincingly that `Operation Character' and `Operation Billet' - large SOE missions launched in support of General Slim's XIV Army offensive to liberate Burma - rank among the most militarily significant of the SOE's secret missions. Featuring a wealth of photographs and accompanying material never before published, including direct testimony recorded by veterans of the campaign and maps from the SOE files, The SOE in Burma tells a compelling story of courage and struggle in during World War II

Approaches to the Qur'an in Contemporary Iran (Hardcover): Alessandro Cancian Approaches to the Qur'an in Contemporary Iran (Hardcover)
Alessandro Cancian
R1,628 Discovery Miles 16 280 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Approaches to the Qur'an in Contemporary Iran explores the importance of the Qur'an in the religious, artistic, political, and intellectual discourses in modern and contemporary Iran from the nineteenth century to the present. The chapters included in the volume have been written by some of the most authoritative specialists in the modern history of Iran. Their contributions span a wide range of subjects and themes, covering such varied ground as the examination of the trends in Qur'anic exegesis that are currently prominent in Iran, the use of Qur'anic themes in contemporary Iranian cinema, the concept of revelation as the basis of diverse political trends in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Sufi mystical interpretations of the Qur'an the use of the Qur'an in the arts, the Qur'an as a living scripture in specific intellectual and social circles, and case studies of individual intellectuals. Through this wide-ranging survey, the book aims to become a reference for anyone interested in the Qur'an's imprint on the religious, political, cultural, and anthropological history of modern and contemporary Iranian society. The maps serve to situate the reader geographically and a careful selection of photographs bring a flavour of Iranian religious culture during this period.

French Muslims - New Voices in Contemporary France (Paperback): Sharif Gemie French Muslims - New Voices in Contemporary France (Paperback)
Sharif Gemie
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This book provides a detailed analysis of the political arguments about the place of Muslims in contemporary France, and also discusses the ideas put forward by a range of Muslim thinkers. France has become the setting for one of the most important conflicts in the modern world. On the one hand, it possesses a rigidly organized, centralized state, whose bureaucrats and civil servants are animated by a code of secular activism. On the other hand, France is also the home for Europe's largest Muslim minority, variously estimated at numbering between four and six million people. This means that in terms of simple numbers, France can be counted as the world's fifteenth Islamic power. Previous conflicts with religion have left a deep impression on French political culture: from the sixteenth and seventeenth-century conflicts between Catholics and Protestants played to the formation of the collaborationist Vichy government in 1940. In recent decades, Muslims have been stigmatized as an irreconcilable minority unable to adapt to the secular culture of the majority of French citizens. This work draws out the political implications of the current conflict. It is based on events and publications produced in a single five year period, beginning with the shock of the 2002 Presidential elections, in which Le Pen was the second most successful candidate, ranging through the legislation of March 2004 which banned the Islamic headscarf from French state schools, and which sparked off a series of bad-tempered exchanges between left and right-wing French nationalists, anti-racism campaigners, secularists, anti-clericals and a variety of Muslim authors.

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