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Read online Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah The spread of Islam around the globe has blurred the connection between a religion a specific society and a territory One third of the world s Muslims now live as members of a minority At the heart of this development is on the one hand the voluntary settlement of Muslims in Western societies and on the other the pervasiveness and influence of Western cultural models and social norms The revival of Islam among Muslim populations in the last twenty years is often wrongly perceived as a backlash against westernization rather than as one of its consequences Neofundamentalism has been gaining ground among a rootless Muslim youth particularly among the second and third generation migrants in the West and this phenomenon is feeding new forms of radicalism ranging from support for Al Qaeda to the outright rejection of integration into Western society .

In this brilliant exegesis of the movement of Islam beyond traditional borders and its unwitting westernization Olivier Roy argues that Islamic revival or re Islamization results from the efforts of westernized Muslims to assert their identity in a non Muslim context A schism has emerged between mainstream Islamist movements in the Muslim world including Hamas of Palestine and Hezbollah of Lebanon and the uprooted militants who strive to establish an imaginary ummah or Muslim community not embedded in any particular society or territory Roy provides a detailed comparison of these transnational movements whether peaceful like Tablighi Jama at and the Islamic brotherhoods or violent like Al Qaeda He shows how neofundamentalism acknowledges without nostalgia the loss of pristine cultures constructing instead a universal religious identity that transcends the very notion of culture Thus contemporary Islamic fundamentalism is not a single note reaction against westernization but a product and an agent of the complex forces of globalization by Olivier Roy

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Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah
Title:Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah
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Category:Islam, Religion, Non fiction, Politics, History
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No description available, The denunciation of fundamentalism in France embodied in the law against the veil and the deportation of imams has shifted into a systematic attack on all Muslims and Islam This hostility is rooted in the belief that Islam cannot be integrated into French and consequently secular and liberal society However as Olivier Roy makes clear in this book Muslim intellectuals have made it possible for Muslims to live concretely in a secularized world while maintaining the identity of a true believer They have formulated a language that recognizes two spaces that of religion and that of secular society br br Western society is unable to recognize this process Roy argues because of a cultural bias that assumes religious practice is embedded within a specific traditional culture that must be either erased entirely or forced to coexist in a neutral multicultural space Instead Roy shows that new forms of religiosity such as Islamic fundamentalism and Christian evangelicalism have come to thrive in post traditional secular contexts precisely because they remain detached from any cultural background br br In recognizing this Roy recasts the debate concerning Islam and democracy Analyzing the French case in particular in which the tension between Islam and the conception of Western secularism is exacerbated Roy makes important distinctions between Arab and non Arab Muslims hegemony and tolerance and the role of the i umma i and the sharia in Muslim religious life He pits Muslim religious revivalism against similar movements in the West such as evangelical Protestantism and Jehovah s Witnesses and refutes the myth of a single Muslim community by detailing different groups and their inability to overcome their differences br br Roy s rare portrait of the realities of immigrant Muslim life offers a necessary alternative to the popular specter of an Islamic threat Supporting his arguments with his extensive research on Islamic history sociology and politics Roy brilliantly demonstrates the limits of our understanding of contemporary Islamic religious practice in the West and the role of Islam as a screen onto which Western societies project their own identity crisis, Praise for i The Failure of Political Islam i br br During the anti Gorbachev coup in August most communist leaders from Soviet central Asia backed the plotters Within weeks of the coup s collapse those same leaders now transformed into ardent nationalists proclaimed the independence of their nations adopted new flags and new slogans and discovered a new patriotism br br How were these new nations built among peoples without any traditional nationalist heritage and no history of independent governance Olivier Roy argues that Soviet practice had always been to build on local institutions and promote local elites and that Soviet administration as opposed to Soviet rhetoric was always surprisingly decentralized in the far flung corners of the empire Thus with home grown political leaders and administrative institutions national identities in central Asia emerged almost by stealth br br Roy s analysis of the new states in central Asia Kazakhstan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Tadjikstan Kirghizstan and Azerbaijan provides a glimpse of the future of an increasingly fragmented and dangerous region, The spread of Islam around the globe has blurred the connection between a religion a specific society and a territory One third of the world s Muslims now live as members of a minority At the heart of this development is on the one hand the voluntary settlement of Muslims in Western societies and on the other the pervasiveness and influence of Western cultural models and social norms The revival of Islam among Muslim populations in the last twenty years is often wrongly perceived as a backlash against westernization rather than as one of its consequences Neofundamentalism has been gaining ground among a rootless Muslim youth particularly among the second and third generation migrants in the West and this phenomenon is feeding new forms of radicalism ranging from support for Al Qaeda to the outright rejection of integration into Western society br br In this brilliant exegesis of the movement of Islam beyond traditional borders and its unwitting westernization Olivier Roy argues that Islamic revival or re Islamization results from the efforts of westernized Muslims to assert their identity in a non Muslim context A schism has emerged between mainstream Islamist movements in the Muslim world including Hamas of Palestine and Hezbollah of Lebanon and the uprooted militants who strive to establish an imaginary ummah or Muslim community not embedded in any particular society or territory Roy provides a detailed comparison of these transnational movements whether peaceful like Tablighi Jama at and the Islamic brotherhoods or violent like Al Qaeda He shows how neofundamentalism acknowledges without nostalgia the loss of pristine cultures constructing instead a universal religious identity that transcends the very notion of culture Thus contemporary Islamic fundamentalism is not a single note reaction against westernization but a product and an agent of the complex forces of globalization