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 S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York where he serves as the Director of the Committee on Religion, and he is concurrently the Director of the Centre for Religion and Society at the University of Western Sydney. He was awarded a Doctor of Letters by Cambridge University in 2009 and his latest monograph called Religion and Modern Society: Citizenship, Secularisation and the State appeared in 2011. He is the founding editor of a number of journals (Citizenship Studies, Body & Society and Journal of Classical Sociology) and book series (Muslims in Global Societies and Religion in Contemporary Asia ). Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir received his PhD from the University of Western Sydney in 2011. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the co-author of two books called Muslims as Minorities: History and Social Realities of Muslims in Singapore and Muslims in Singapore: Piety, Politics and Policies. His recent articles include Rethinking the 'Malay Problem' in Singapore: Image, Rhetoric and Social Realities and Poetic Jihadis: Muslim Youth, Hip-Hop and the Homological Imagination.
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’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