1st Edition

Islam and Modernity

Edited By Nasar Meer
    1632 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The relationship between Islam and modernity has generated and rich but complex literature. While competing accounts sometimes appear incommensurable, there is at least some convergence on the view that Islam and modernity reflect an unsettled encounter. For some this is self-evident because the relationship rests on contested foundational questions, not least: whose modernity and which Islam? For others it is a less a theoretical and more a historical issue, in so far as there has been a process underway in which Islam has proved slow in ‘catching up’. This Major Work gives space to an evolving conversation between Islam and four component parts of modernity. It has a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context.


    Volume 1: Islam and Secularism

    1. Asad, T. 'Thinking about the secular body, pain and liberal politics', Cultural Anthropology, 26, 4, 2011, pp657–675.

    2. Asad, T. (1986) 'The Idea of an Anthropology of Islam', Occasional Paper Series: Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University 1986).

    3. Mahmood, S. 'Secularism, Hermeneutics, Empire: The Politics of Islamic Reformation', Public Culture, 18, 2, 2006, pp323-47.

    4. Hashemi, N. (2014) ‘Rethinking religion and political legitimacy across the Islam-West divide’, Philosophy and Social Criticism, 40, 4-5, 2014, pp439-447.

    5. Sayyid, S, ‘Contemporary politics of secularism' in Levey, G. and Modood, T. (eds) Secularism, Religion and Multicultural Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

    6. Levey, G. and Modood, T. 'The Muhammad cartoons and multicultural democracies', Ethnicities, 9, 3, 2009, pp427-447.

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    8. Gellner, E, ‘Flux and reflux in the faith of men' in Muslim Society. (Cambridge University Press, 1981)

    9. Majid, A. 'The Politics of Feminism in Islam', Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 23, 2, 1998.

    10. Rehman, F. ‘Contemporary Modernism' in Islam and Modernity: Transformations of an Intellectual Tradition. (University of Chicago Press, 1982)

    11. Sayyid, S. ‘Kemalism and the politicization of Islam' in A Fundamental Fear (Zed Books, 1997)

    12. Hodgson, M. ‘Before the Deluge: the Eighteenth century' in The Venture of Islam: Conscience and History in World Civilisation, Volume 3 (University of Chicago Press, 1974)

    13. Turner, B. S. (2001) 'On the concept of axial space', Journal of Social Archaeology, 1, 1, 2001, pp62-74.

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    Volume 2: Islam and Postcolonialism

    20. Sayyid, S. 'Mirror, Mirror: Western Democrats, Oriental Despots?', Ethnicities, 5, 1, 2005

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    28. Alatas, S. H. ‘The Malay Concept of Industry and Indolence' in The Myth of the Lazy Native (Routledge, 1977)

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    31. Meer. N. 'Islamophobia and postcolonialism: continuity, Orientalism and Muslim consciousness', Patterns of Prejudice, 48, 5, 2014, pp500-515.

    32. Arkoun, M. ‘History as an Ideology of Legitimation: A Comparative Approach in Islamic and European Contexts' in Martin, G. M. Islam, Modernism and the West. (I. B. Tauris, 1999)

    Volume 3: Islam and Identities

    33. Asad, T. 'Europe Against Islam: Islam in Europe', The Muslim World, LXXXVII, No. 2, 1997, pp183-195.

    34. Modood, T. 'Anti-Essentialism, Multiculturalism and the ‘Recognition’ of Religious Groups’, The Journal of Political Philosophy, 6, 4, 1998, pp378-399.

    35. Hammid, S. ‘The Politics of the Veil: Reflections on Symbolism, Islam and Feminism', Thamyris, 4, 2, pp325-37.

    36. Dwyer, C. ‘Veiled meanings: British Muslim women and the negotiation of differences’, Gender, Place and Culture, 6, 1, 1999, pp5–26.

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    38. Meer, N. 'Misrecognising Muslim Consciousness in Europe', Ethnicities, 12, 2, 2013, pp178-196.

    39. Madaville, P. ‘Modes of translocality: travelling theory, hybridity, diaspora' in Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimaging the Umma (Routledge, 2001)

    40. Meer, N. 'The politics of voluntary and involuntary identities: are Muslims in Britain an ethnic, racial or religious minority?', Patterns of Prejudice, 42, 1, 2008, pp61-81.

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    Volume 4: Islam and Innovation

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    61. Nafi, B. N. ‘The rise of Islamist reformist thought and its challenge to traditional Islam' in S. Taji-Farouki and M. N. Basheer (2004) Islamic Thought in the Twentieth Century. (I.B. Tauris, 2004)

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    64. Ansari, Z. I 'Aspects of Black Muslim Theology', Studia Islamica, 53, 1981, pp137-76

    65. Berg, H. 'Mythmaking in the African American Muslim Context: The Moorish Science Temple, The Nation of Islam, and the American Society of Muslims', Journal of American Academy of Religion, 73, 2005, pp705-730.

    66. Agrama, A. H. 'Ethics, Tradition, Authority: Towards an anthropology of the Fatwa', American Ethnologist, 37, 1, 2010, pp2-18

    67. Turner, B. S. 'Class, Generation and Islamism: Towards a Global Sociology of Political Islam', British Journal of Sociology, 54, 1, 2003, pp139-47.

    68. Siddiqui, M. ‘Islam: Issues of Political Authority and Pluralism,’ Political Theology, 7, 3, 2006, pp337-350.


    Professor Nasar Meer is based in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, and is a Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow (2014–2019). His publications include: Interculturalism and multiculturalism: Debating the dividing lines (co-ed, 2016); Citizenship, Identity and the Politics of Multiculturalism: The rise of Muslim consciousness (2015, 2nd Edition); Racialization and religion (ed, 2014), Race and Ethnicity (2014) and European Multiculturalism(s): Religious, Cultural and Ethnic Challenges (co-edited, 2012). In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Thomas Reid Medal. www.nasarmeer.com