The Idea of the Muslim World
- The Idea of the Muslim World
- 304 pages
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Many Muslims and non-Muslims today take for granted the existence of a coherent and timeless "Muslim world," either asserting its existence in the present, or aspiring to return to it through a project of political unity. But in reality, not only has no such Muslim world ever existed, the whole concept of such an entity was the conscientious creation of both Islamophobes and pan-Islamists during the WW1-era imperial period. When "Muslim" was created as a racial category, the idea of a "Muslim wo [...]
Proposes the idea of the 'Muslim World' is comparatively recent in origin - largely from the colonial period of the 19th century and the advent of 'scientific racism'. Yet in response, Muslim intellectuals advocated pan-Islamic ideas in the hope of a more concerted response to foreign influence.
This book is a pretty dense read if you want to explore the premise of every example and inference used. What really attracted me towards reading it is that the book explores the farcical notion of ancient demand for a Muslim caliphate, and rebuts the idea with tons of examples. The book speaks of how an Imperial hegemony over dissemination of geopolitical ideas has confused the world post the imperial age into believing that there has always been a semblance of unity among the muslim nations, w [...]
A somewhat decent treatment of the issue of the "Muslim world," which - although Aydin doesn't spend as much effort in clearly defining and delineating his terms as the reader might like - is taken to refer to "a global Muslim community" existing in sufficient religio-political unity to be treated as a united demographic with common interests. Aydin's key thesis, that "Muslims did not imagine belonging to a global political unity until the peak of European hegemony in the late nineteenth century [...]
In brief, the book tackles and problematizes the notion of the Muslim world, its emergence, entanglement with contemporary intellectual and political developments, demise, and continual resurgence over a period of 150 years. His contention that Pan-islamism and islamic nationalism survived the caliphate in part because they addressed continuing problems encapsulates the gist of his overall argument. Overall, his well-argued position decidedly debunks the historical myth that the late 19th and ea [...]
Somewhat interesting but has a simple premise: There was no unified concept of a "Mulsim World" before the 1980's, so this concept can not be explained as a root cause of the terrorism of today.OK but not so creative.