Islam in the Modern World  book cover
1st Edition

Islam in the Modern World

ISBN 9780415780865
Published August 28, 2013 by Routledge
480 Pages

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $62.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

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.

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.

View More



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.


"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