Islam in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives (Google eBook)

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R. Michael Feener
ABC-CLIO, Jan 1, 2004 - Religion - 387 pages
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Islam in World Cultures analyzes differences in Islamic culture and practice by looking not simply at matters of doctrine, but also at how Islam interacts with local cultures. Are Muslim states ready for democracy? Is there a culture war between the West and 1.2 billion Muslims? As the United States wages war in Iraq, academics, the media, and politicians are asking these questions. But does it make sense to discuss Islam as a monolith? Islam in World Cultures says no. Contemporary treatments of Islam focus on the Middle East; they treat the beliefs and people of that region as representing all of Islam. At most they emphasize the differences between Muslim groups-Sunni vs. Shia, for instance-while overlooking the even greater differences that result from region-specific cultural and political pressures. Islam in World Cultures gathers the work of ten eminent scholars, each of whom has expertise in the Muslim culture of a particular country or geographical area. Individual chapters explore contemporary developments in the Islamic experience in Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Central Asia, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Ethiopia, and the United States. This broad treatment provides an intr
  

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Contents

Chapter OneIslam Historical Introduction and Overview
1
Chapter TwoIslam after Empire Turkey and the Arab Middle East
41
Chapter ThreeShiite Islam in Contemporary Iran From Islamic Revolution to Moderating Reform
75
Chapter FourDebating Orthodoxy Contesting Tradition Islam in Contemporary South Asia
103
Chapter FiveIslam in Contemporary Central Asia
133
Chapter SixIslam in China Accommodation or Separatism?
161
Chapter SevenMuslim Thought and Practice in Contemporary Indonesia
183
Chapter EightReligion Language and Nationalism Harari Muslims in Christian Ethiopia
217
Chapter NineRace Ideology and Islam in Contemporary South Africa
253
Chapter TenPeril and Possibility Muslim Life in the United States
283
Chapter ElevenSuggestions for Further Reading and Internet Resources
309
Chapter TwelveKey Terms
337
Index
361
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