Taking a thematic approach, Bryan S. Turner draws together his writings which explore the relationship between Islam and the ideas of Western social thinkers. Turner engages with the broad categories of capitalism, orientalism, modernity, gender, and citizenship among others, as he examines how Muslims adapt to changing times and how Islam has come to be managed by those in power.
’Bryan Turner took interest in Islam when nobody else did. This collection of timeless essays, some of them classics, shows one of sociology`s broadest minds at the top of his game.’ Christian Joppke, University of Bern, Switzerland ’Bryan Turner’s stunning erudition, lucidity and breadth of vision confirms his stature as one of the leading sociologists of comparative religion writing today. Informative, challenging and polemical, Turner’s depth of understanding of classical sociology, above all Max Weber, is augmented in these essays by his broad reading in philosophy, history and anthropology, ranging across millennia from Indonesia and the Ottoman Empire to Andalusia and modern Europe. His critique of Orientalism adds an important dimension to Edward Said’s textual deconstruction.’ Pnina Werbner, Keele University, UK ’Reading the essays is inspirational as well as enlightening. The volume is strongly recommended to students and researchers focused on a systematic study of Islam in the contemporary world.’ Journal of Islamic Studies
Contemporary Thought in the Islamic World promotes new directions in scholarship in the study of Islamic thinking. Muslim scholars of today challenge deeply ingrained dichotomies and binaries. New ideas have stimulated an upcoming generation of progressive Muslim thinkers and scholars of Islam to radically rethink the ways in which immediate and emergent issues affecting the contemporary Islamic world are to be assessed. This series aims to take the field beyond the usual historical-philological and social science-driven approaches, and to insert the study of Islam and the Muslim world into far wider multi-disciplinary inquiries on religion and religiosity in an increasingly interconnected world.