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Inventing the Muslim Cool
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Release date: 2013-11-18

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Inventing the Muslim Cool

Islamic Youth Culture in Western Europe

Young European Muslims have recently started to develop a subculture of their own. They are actively engaged in shaping the future of Islam in Europe in unconventional ways.
Islam and the Politics of Culture in Europe
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Release date: 2013-09-24

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Islam and the Politics of Culture in Europe

Memory, Aesthetics, Art

Memory politics, cultural production and »Islamic art«: This volume examines how the presence of Islam and Muslims transform the politics of culture in Europe.
Prayer in the City
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Release date: 2012-05-02

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Prayer in the City

The Making of Muslim Sacred Places and Urban Life

»Prayer in the City« explores the ways in which Muslims sense, create and experience »sacred« places in urban contexts of different Muslim societies.
Dimensions of Locality
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Release date: 2008-10-27

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Dimensions of Locality

Muslim Saints, their Place and Space (Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam No. 8)

In light of the challenges of globalization, this volume takes a new look at the connections between local and global aspects of Islamic religious practices.
Islam in Process
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Release date: 2007-01-27

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Islam in Process

Historical and Civilizational Perspectives
(Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam 7)

The articles included in this Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam are focused on two perspectives: Some link the comparative analysis of Islam to ongoing debates on the Axial Age and its role in the formation of major civilizational complexes, while others are more concerned with the historical constellations and sources involved in the formation of Islam as a religion and a civilization.
More than any other particular line of inquiry, new historical and sociological approaches to the Axial Age revived the idea of comparative civilizational analysis and channeled it into more specific projects. A closer look at the very problematic place of Islam in this context will help to clarify questions about the Axial version of civilizational theory as well as issues in Islamic studies and sociological approaches to modern Islam. Contributors among others: Said Arjomand, Shmuel N. Eisenstadt, Josef van Ess and Raif G. Khoury.
Politics of Visibility
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Release date: 2006-06-27

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Politics of Visibility

Young Muslims in European Public Spaces

This book takes into view a large variety of Muslim actors who, in recent years, made their entry into the European public sphere. Without excluding the phenomenon of terrorists, it maps the whole field of Muslim visibility. The nine contributions present unpublished ethnographic materials that have been collected between 2003 and 2005. They track down the available space that is open to Muslims in EU member states claiming a visibility of their own. The volume collects male and female, secular and religious, radical and pietistic voices of sometimes very young people. They all speak about »being a Muslim in Europe« and the meaning of »real Islam«.
Islam and the New Europe
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Release date: 2006-01-27

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Islam and the New Europe

Continuities, Changes, Confrontations
(Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam 6)

In the post-9/11 era the relations between Muslims and Non-Muslims in Europe have changed significantly. Global events have contributed to the reshaping of religious and cultural, in particular Muslim, representations and arenas. Much of Europe's future depends on how it deals with the emerging new ideals and realities with respect to religion and the challenges of Islam in Europe. The idea of cultural exchange based on tolerance has lost its magical aura. Volume 6 of the Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam presents a variety of discussions and case studies from different European countries related to how Muslims are responding to this situation, how they and Muslim representation change, and how cultural and public negotiation is involved in shaping new perceptions of Islam and Europe.
On Archaeology of Sainthood and Local Spirituality in Islam
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Release date: 2004-05-27

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On Archaeology of Sainthood and Local Spirituality in Islam

Past and Present Crossroads of Events and Ideas
(Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam 5)

Saints, their places, the rituals of their veneration – the heroes and martyrs they represent or to whom they are often connected with – and the beliefs in their powers have often been described as being counter-thematic to the constructive issues of modern society in our times. However, in the Middle East – and certainly this is true for many other world regions and other world religions – local saints, Jewish, Christian and Islamic, have gained a very ambiguous status in religious movements, political struggles and events of social re-construction. In the case of Islam, perhaps more openly, modernists and fundamentalists alike attempt to abolish or to re-formulate the agenda of venerating the saints. However, at the same time saints and their localities have become a sort of overcharged symbolic incidence in the modern presence of Islam, in politics, in the media and – perhaps on a more hidden ground – in the struggle of ideas. In this volume historians, islamologists, anthropologists and sociologists give a multiple description of the inherent issues of the unhampered continuity of Muslim saints and their significance. With this volume 5, the Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam is linking empirical research on individual saints (including cases from Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, Syria and Morocco) with the debates around Islam and modernity.
Georg Stauth teaches Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, and has widely published on Islam and Theory of Modernity.
Politics and Cultures of Islamization in Southeast Asia
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Release date: 2002-06-27

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Politics and Cultures of Islamization in Southeast Asia

Indonesia and Malaysia in the Nineteen-nineties

This book is about cultural and political figures, institutions and ideas in a period of transition in two Muslim countries in Southeast Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia. It also addresses some of the permutations of civilizing processes in Singapore and the city-state's image, moving across its borders into the region and representing a miracle of modernity beyond »ideas«. The central theme is the way in which Islam was re-constructed as an intellectual and socio-political tradition in Southeast Asia in the nineteen-nineties. Scholars who approach Islam both as a textual and local tradition, students who take the heartlands of Islam as imaginative landscapes for cultural transformation and politicians and institutions which have been concerned with transmitting the idea of »Islamization« are the subjects of this inquiry into different patterns of modernity in a tropical region still bearing the signature of a colonial past.
Bodies, Boundaries and Spirit Possession
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Release date: 2000-10-27

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Bodies, Boundaries and Spirit Possession

Maroccan Women and the Revision of Tradition

The social structures of Moroccan society have been changing in accordance with western models at an ever-growing rate. The role of Islam in sharing the burden of these changes and in narrowing the ever-expanding gap between modernity and tradition is exemplified by the folk-Islamic spirit possession practices presented in this study. By adjusting their vocation to ongoing processes of commercialization and professionalization and to the changing needs and expectations of their female clientele, traditional women seers have increasingly taken on the therapeutic task of helping women to resolve the growing number of inner and interpersonal conflicts in their daily lives.

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