Monday, June 23, 2008

PUBL.- Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination

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PUBL.- Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination

Posted by: Amyn Sajoo <>

I would like to call attention to the edited volume below, just published.

Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination. Edited by
Amyn B. Sajoo. London & New York: I. B. Tauris, 2008. ISBN
9781845118723. £29.50. Contributors: Bruce Lawrence, Nilüfer Göle,
Bryan S. Turner, Hasna Lebbady, John Renard, Theodore Levin, Fairouz
Nishanova, Kevin McDonald, Eva Schubert, and Amyn B. Sajoo.

Modernity is commonly cast as a break with tradition - and a marriage
with the secular. Rationalism, individual rights, democracy and
cosmopolitanism are its favoured offspring, and their story is told as
the rise of the modern West. Yet the essential values at stake - from
civic culture to the ethos of intellectual life and science – have
roots beyond the West. They extend to civilizations and histories of
the Islamic world in all its diversity, giving us journeys into a
modernity that is familiar but also different. Central Asia is a vital
aspect of this volume's inquiry into Muslim encounters with the
modern: how Islam and those in its orbit have shaped and been shaped
by histories that are overlapping and distinctive. Identity and
citizenship, piety and protest, music and modes of dress are explored
as expressions that bear on the making and remaking of modern public
spheres - amid the pervasive realities of technology and political
violence. Fresh perspectives are offered here on what it is to be
Muslim and modern, mindful of the rich narratives that inform both

Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo
The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS)
44 Grosvenor Gardens
London SW1W 0EB UK

Tel: (44) 0207-881-6093
Fax: (44) 0207-881-6040

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