- Authority and Authorizing Practices
- Muslim Spatialities
- Imaginations of Piety
The Routledge Handbook of Islam in Asia offers both new and established scholarship on Muslim societies and religious practices across Asia, from a variety of interdisciplinary angles, with chapters covering South, Central, East and Southeast Asia, as well as Africa-Asia connections.
Presenting work grounded in archival, literary and ethnographic inquiry, contributors to this handbook lend their expertise to paint a picture of Islam as deeply connected to and influenced by Asia, often by-passing or reversing relationships of power and authority that have placed ‘Arab’ Islam in a hierarchically superior position vis-à-vis Asia. This handbook is structured in four parts, each representing an emergent area of inquiry:
Dislodging ingrained assumptions that Asia is at the periphery of Islam – and that Islam is at the periphery of Asia’s cultural matrix – this handbook sets an agenda against the ‘centre-periphery’ dichotomy, as well as the syncretism paradigm that has dominated conversations on Islam in Asia. It thus demonstrates possibilities for new scholarly approaches to the study of Islam within the ‘Asian context’.
This ground-breaking handbook is a valuable resource to students and scholars of Asian studies, religious studies, and cultural studies more broadly.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Frames
1. Studying Islam: The View from Asia
2. Minoritization, Racialization, and Islam in Asia
Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst
3. The Five Pillars and Indonesia’s Musical Soundscape
4. Mount Meru in Arabia: Islam and Sanskritic imaginaires in Southern Asia
5. Islamic Feminism in Asia: Trials and Tribulations for Muslim Women
Part 2: Authority and Authorizing Practices
6. Eastern African Doyens in South Asia: Premodern Islamic Intellectual Interactions
7. The Making of Qīz Bībī in Central Asia’s Oral Shrine Traditions: From the Great Lady to a Fourteen-Year-Old Virgin
8. The Ismailis of Badakhshan: Conversion and Narrative in Highland Asia
9. Islamic Law in Xinjiang
10. Major Turning Points for Shiʿi Islam in modern South Asia: Princely States, Partition, and a Revolution
11. Making Islamic finance in South Asia: The State, the Seminary and the Business Corporation
12. In the halal zones of Malaysia and Singapore
Part 3: Muslim Spatialities
13. South Asian Shi’i Sacred Geography: Tracing Ali’s Footprints
14. Muslim Pilgrimage in Southeast Asia: Saints Among the Rice Fields
15. Ḥaḍramī Sufi-scholars and their Shrines in Southeast Asia: A Geography of Sanctity
16. Sacred Spaces and the Making of Sufism in Sri Lanka: Between Violence and Piety
17. Muslim interactions between Central Asia, China and Imperial Japan
18. Mosque Architecture and Decoration in China
Part 4: Imaginations of Piety
19. Mapping the Trajectory of Islamic Theology in Chinese Terms: Community Matters
20. The ‘Moral Background’ of Work in Central Asia: The Sacred in the Mundane
21. Pious Lives of Soviet Muslims
22. Two Deobandi Views on Being Muslim in India: Indian Bodies, Meccan Hearts
23. The Tablighi Jama’at Movement in Maritime Southeast Asia: Piety in Motion
24. A Tree Enrooted: African Sufi Saints as ‘Lineage Deities’ of a Muslim Community of East African Ancestry in Western India (Gujarat and Mumbai)
Chiara Formichi is Associate Professor in Asian Studies at Cornell University. Her research focuses on the intersection of Islam and politics in late-colonial and post-colonial Southeast Asia, and especially Indonesia. She has also published on the politics of knowledge production on Islam in Asia. Her publications include Islam and the Making of the Nation: S.M. Kartosuwiryo and Political Islam in 20th century Indonesia (2012) and Islam and Asia; A History (2020).
'Dispelling the notion of Asia as a periphery to a Middle East-centered Muslim world, this groundbreaking volume looks to the many Asian communities that comprise 60% of the global Muslim population. From hagiography to finance, pilgrimage to law, these twenty-four essays explore multiple modes of being Muslim, in past and present, across all regions of the continent.'
Nile Green, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
"This volume marks a turning point in the study of Islam, shifting the geographical scope towards the religion’s most populous regions and away from long-standing textualist tendencies. As Formichi rightly points out, there is much to be gained by expanding our frames of study, conceptions of authoritative practice and Islamic spaces, and understandings of what constitutes Muslim piety. Drawing from an outstanding network of scholars working in different regions and with varying methods, the Routledge Handbook of Islam in Asia decenters the study of Islam from its philological and Near Eastern roots and productively queries the categorical assumptions with which the field is typically associated...This volume definitively establishes that it is essential to include Islam in the analysis of Asian religions and that to study Islam, one must include Asia.'
Anna Bigelow, Stanford University, USA
'Through a rich collection of work reflecting recent shifts in perspective on Muslim societies in the region, this book reframes approaches to the study of both Islam and Asian history in ways that highlight trans-regional diversity and complex dynamics of interaction. This forward looking state- of-the-field volume is a valuable new resource for scholars and students across a wide range of area specializations and academic disciplines.'
R. Michael Feener, Kyoto University, Japan