Islam after Liberalism

Islam after Liberalism


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Forged in the age of empire, the relationship between Islam and liberalism has taken on a sense of urgency today, when global conflicts are seen as pitting one against the other. More than describing a civilizational fault-line between the Muslim world and the West, however, this relationship also offers the potential for consensus and the possibility of moral and political engagement or compatibility. The existence or extent of this correspondence tends to preoccupy academic as much as popular accounts of such a relationship.

This volume looks however to the way in which Muslim politics and society are defined beyond and indeed after it. Reappraising the 'first wave' of Islamic liberalism during the nineteenth century, the book describes the long and intertwined histories of these categories across a large geographical expanse. By drawing upon the contributions of scholars from a variety of disciplines -- including philosophy, theology, sociology, politics and history -- it explores how liberalism has been criticised and refashioned by Muslim thinkers and movements, to assume a reality beyond the abstractions that define its compatibility with Islam.

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ISBN-13: 9780190851279
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Faisal Devji is Reader in Modern South Asian History and Fellow of St. Antony's College at the University of Oxford. He is the author of, inter alia, Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea and The Impossible Indian: Gandhi and the Temptations of Violence Zaheer Kazmi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast. He has held research and visiting positions at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and is the author of Polite Anarchy in International Relations Theory and co-editor of Contextualising Jihadi Thought.

Table of Contents

Introduction Faisal Devji and Zaheer Kazmi

1. Arabic Thought in the Liberal Cage Hussein Omar

2. Corrupting Politics: Liberalism and the Arab Nahda Revisited Nadia Bou Ali

3. Illiberal Islam Faisal Devji

4. Postcolonial Prophets: Islam in the Liberal Academy Neguin Yavari

5. A New Deal Between Mankind and its Gods Abdennour Bidar

6. The Dissonant Politics of Religion, Circulation, and Civility in the Sociology of Islam Armando Salvatore

7. Islamic Democracy By Numbers Zaheer Kazmi

8. Bourgeois Islam and Muslims without Mosques: Muslim Liberalism and its Discontents in Indonesia Carool Kersten

9. Islamic Secularism and the Question of Freedom Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

10. Militancy, Monarchy and the Struggle to Desacralize Kingship in Arabia Ahmed Dailami

11. Islamotopia: Revival, Reform, and American Exceptionalism Michael Muhammad Knight

12. Preliminary Thoughts on Art and Society Sadia Abbas

13. The Political Meanings of Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam Edward E. Curtis IV

14. The Other Radical Islam: Contesting Liberation Theologies Peter Mandaville

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