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Islam in the Modern World

Edited by Jeffrey T. Kenney, Ebrahim Moosa

© 2014 – Routledge

462 pages

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This comprehensive introduction explores the landscape of contemporary Islam. Written by a distinguished team of scholars, it:

  • provides broad overviews of the developments, events, people and movements that have defined Islam in the three majority-Muslim regions
  • traces the connections between traditional Islamic institutions and concerns, and their modern manifestations and transformations. How are medieval ideas, policies and practices refashioned to address modern circumstances
  • investigates new themes and trends that are shaping the modern Muslim experience such as gender, fundamentalism, the media and secularisation
  • offers case studies of Muslims and Islam in dynamic interaction with different societies.

Islam in the Modern World includes illustrations, summaries, discussion points and suggestions for further reading that will aid understanding and revision. Additional resources are provided via a companion website.


"An important work that brings together an impressive range of essays by noted and emerging scholars working in a variety of fields. The book makes a significant contribution to the ongoing discussion on the nature and evolution of modern Islamic culture, explored across a diverse range of global contexts." - Simon A. Wood, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

"Among the recent books on modern Islam, this collection clearly stands out. It provides a balanced overview of important topics and regions, and it unites cutting-edge scholarship by some of the best-known specialists. Written in accessible prose and combined with excellent didactic tools, this work will be most useful to students and instructors and also serve as a reference for scholars and researchers." - Rüdiger Seesemann, University of Bayreuth, Germany

"This textbook introduces perspectives on critical themes and students of Islamic Studies will find the content illuminating. The editors have done a superb job." - Ahmed E. Souaiaia, University of Iowa, USA and author of Contesting Justice

Table of Contents

Introduction Jeffrey T. Kenney and Ebrahim Moosa Part One: Traditions and Transformations 1. Scripture in the Modern Islam World: the Qur’an and Hadith Jonathan Brown 2. Ethical Landscape: Laws, Norms, and Morality Ebrahim Moosa 3. Government and Governance Robert D. Lee 4. From Isfahan to the Internet: Islamic Theology in the Global Village Anthony R. Byrd and Richard C. Martin 5. Piety and Devotion Carl W. Ernst 6. The Multiple Faces of Islamic Education in a Secular Age Malika Zeghal Part Two: Themes and Trends 7. Women and Gender in the Muslim World Valentine M. Moghadam and Namrata Mitra 8. #Islam, Social Networking, and the Cloud Gary R. Bunt 9. Islam: Unbound and Global Bruce B. Lawrence 10. Militant Movements William Shepard 11. Secularization and the Search for an Authentic Muslim Modern Jeffrey T. Kenney 12. Islam and Popular Culture Mark Sedgwick Part Three: Case Studies of Tradition and Change 13. The Emergence of Media Preachers: Yusuf al-Qaradawi Marcia Hermansen 14. Assertive Secularism, Islam, and Democracy in Turkey Ahmet T. Kuru 15. The New Muslim Europe Jørgen S. Nielsen 16. Routinizing the Iranian Revolution Mohsen Kadivar 17. Muslim Advocacy in America Kathleen M. Moore 18. Women and Islamic Law in Bangladesh: Finding a Space for the Fatwa Tiffany A. Hodge 19. Far from Mecca: Modern Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia Muhamad Ali 20. Politics and Islamization in African Public Spheres Abdulkader Tayob Appendix: Maps and Tables.

About the Editors

Jeffrey T. Kenney is Professor of Religious Studies and University Professor at DePauw University, USA.

Ebrahim Moosa is Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion at Duke University, USA.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General