The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle by Timur Kuran

By Timur Kuran

In the 12 months one thousand, the economic climate of the center East used to be not less than as complex as that of Europe. yet through 1800, the zone had fallen dramatically behind--in residing criteria, know-how, and monetary associations. in brief, the center East had did not modernize economically because the West surged forward. What brought on this lengthy divergence? And why does the center East stay enormously underdeveloped in comparison to the West? In The lengthy Divergence, one of many world's prime specialists on Islamic financial associations and the economic climate of the center East offers a brand new resolution to those long-debated questions.

Timur Kuran argues that what slowed the industrial improvement of the center East was once now not colonialism or geography, nonetheless much less Muslim attitudes or a few incompatibility among Islam and capitalism. really, beginning round the 10th century, Islamic criminal associations, which had benefitted the center jap economic climate within the early centuries of Islam, started to act as a drag on improvement via slowing or blockading the emergence of vital good points of contemporary fiscal life--including inner most capital accumulation, firms, large-scale construction, and impersonal trade. by way of the 19th century, glossy fiscal associations started to be transplanted to the center East, yet its economic system has now not stuck up. and there's no fast repair this day. Low belief, rampant corruption, and vulnerable civil societies--all attribute of the region's economies at the present time and all legacies of its financial history--will take generations to overcome.

The lengthy Divergence opens up a frank and sincere debate on a vital factor that even one of the most ardent secularists within the Muslim international have hesitated to discuss.

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Reading Clocks, Alla Turca: Time and Society in the Late by Avner Wishnitzer

By Avner Wishnitzer

Up till the top of the eighteenth century, the way in which Ottomans used their clocks conformed to the internal common sense in their personal temporal tradition. even if, this started to switch really dramatically throughout the 19th century, because the Ottoman Empire used to be more and more assimilated into the European-dominated international economic climate and the venture of recent nation construction started to assemble momentum.  In Reading Clocks, Alla Turca, Avner Wishnitzer unravels the complexity of Ottoman temporal tradition and for the 1st time tells the tale of its transformation. He explains that during their try and reach larger surveillance services and better degrees of regularity and potency, quite a few organs of the reforming Ottoman country built tricky temporal constructs within which clocks performed an more and more vital position. because the reform circulation unfold past the govt. gear, rising teams of officials, bureaucrats, and concrete pros integrated novel time-related principles, values, and behaviors into their self-consciously “modern” outlook and way of life. Acculturated within the hugely regimented atmosphere of faculties and barracks, they got here to spot potency and temporal regularity with development and the previous temporal styles with the previous political order.

Drawing on a wealth of archival and literary assets, Wishnitzer’s unique and hugely vital paintings offers the moving tradition of time as an area during which Ottoman social teams competed for legitimacy and a medium during which the very notion of modernity was once outlined. Reading Clocks, Alla Turca breaks new flooring within the learn of the center East and provides us with a brand new realizing of the connection among time and modernity.

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Before Orthodoxy: The Satanic Verses in Early Islam by Shahab Ahmed

By Shahab Ahmed

A debatable episode within the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad issues an incident during which he allegedly mistook phrases instructed by way of devil as divine revelation. Muslims now universally deny that the Satanic verses incident happened. yet Muslims didn't consistently carry this view. Shahab Ahmed makes use of this situation to discover how religions identify truth.

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Islam and International Relations: Contributions to Theory by D. Abdelkader,N. Adiong,R. Mauriello

By D. Abdelkader,N. Adiong,R. Mauriello

This edited quantity conceives of diplomacy (IR) now not as a unilateral undertaking, yet extra as an highbrow platform. Its individuals discover Islamic contributions to this box, addressing the theories and practices of the Islamic civilization and of Muslim societies with reference to foreign affairs and to the self-discipline of IR.

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Islam, Politics, Anthropology by Filippo Osella,Benjamin Soares

By Filippo Osella,Benjamin Soares

a part of The magazine of the Royal Anthropological Institute specific factor publication sequence, Islam, Politics, Anthropology bargains serious reflections on earlier and present stories of Islam and politics in anthropology and charts new analytical techniques to reading Islam within the post-9/11 world. 

  • Challenges present and previous ways to the research of Islam and Muslim politics in anthropology
  • Offers a serious entire evaluation of earlier and present literature at the subject
  • Presents cutting edge ethnographic description and research of daily Muslim politics in Asia, Africa, the center East, and North America
  • Proposes new analytical techniques to the learn of Islam and Muslim politics

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Islam in the Nordic and Baltic Countries (Islamic Studies by Göran Larsson

By Göran Larsson

Although Muslims at the moment are a massive presence in Europe, little is understood concerning the Muslim groups that exist within the Nordic and Baltic areas of Europe. this is often the 1st accomplished and special learn of the background, context and improvement of Islamic associations and Muslim teams in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, and comprises chapters on Islam in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.


With contributions through teachers with lengthy event of the Muslim groups in query in keeping with unique study, this quantity offers new and demanding views inside a comparative and nearby framework. Islam in Nordic and Baltic Countries will be an very important reference paintings for college students of European history and Islamology, and should be valuable to all researchers and students drawn to the advance of Islam and Muslim groups on the strategic middle of Northern Europe.

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Pragmatism in Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History by Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim

By Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim

In Pragmatism in Islamic Law, Ibrahim provides an in depth historical past of Sunni criminal pluralism and the ways that it was once hired to deal with the altering wishes of society. because the formative interval of Islamic legislations, jurists have debated if it is appropriate for a legislation to be chosen in line with its application, instead of weighing conflicting articulations of the legislations to figure out the main most probably expression of the divine will. almost unanimous competition to the utilitarian procedure, known as "pragmatic eclecticism," emerged between early Islamic jurists. although, because of a bunch of adjusting institutional and socioeconomic modifications, a development towards the legitimization of pragmatic eclecticism arose within the 13th century. in this case, the Mamluk gurus institutionalized this pragmatism whilst Sultan Baybars appointed 4 leader judges representing the 4 Sunni faculties in Cairo in 1265 CE. After a short try and opposite Mamluk pluralism via implementing the Hanafi tuition within the 16th century, Egypt’s new rulers, the Ottomans, embraced this pluralistic pragmatism. In interpreting over one thousand situations from 3 17th- and eighteenthcentury Egyptian courts, Ibrahim lines the interior common sense of pragmatic eclecticism
under the Ottomans. An array of archival resources records the way during which Egyptian society’s subaltern sessions navigated Sunni felony pluralism as a device to prevent extra austere criminal doctrines. the resultant portrait demanding situations the belief made by way of many smooth historians that the utilitarian ways followed via 19th- and twentieth-century Muslim reformers constituted a transparent rupture with early Islamic criminal heritage. against this, the various felony strategies
exercised in Egypt’s partial codification of relatives legislation within the 20th century have been rooted in premodern Islamic jurisprudence.

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Le naufrage de l'islam politique à l'épreuve du pouvoir: by Jean-Pierre ESTIVAL

By Jean-Pierre ESTIVAL

L'espoir en un avenir démocratique que les révolutions arabes ont fait naître dès 2011 a été vite déçu. Les mouvements islamistes, auréolés de leur moveé et financés par les pétromonarchies, n'ont european aucune toughé à accéder au pouvoir par les urnes. Si le Roi du Maroc a su canaliser cette imprecise verte, en revanche une chape de plomb est tombée sur l. a. Tunisie et l'Egypte au nom du principe que "l'islam est l. a. solution". Ces dérives sectaires ne peuvent conduire qu'à de nouvelles révolutions.

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Pilgerfahrt nach Mekka: Meine Reise in eine geheimnisvolle by Michaela M. Özelsel

By Michaela M. Özelsel

Jedes Jahr ist die Kaaba, das Haus Gottes in Mekka, Ziel von Millionen Gläubigen. Doch was once geschieht dort zur Zeit des Hadsch, der Pilgerfahrt, zu der sich jeder Muslim einmal in seinem Leben aufmachen sollte?
Michaela Özelsel, Psychotherapeutin und Sozialwissenschaftlerin deutscher Herkunft sowie Muslima, ging auf eine zweiwöchige Pilgerreise nach Mekka. Sie schildert ihre persönlichen Erlebnisse: die Unsicherheit und die Anspannung, aber auch die Vorfreude vor dem Hadsch und die Verwandlung, die diese Reise mit sich bringt. Gemeinsam mit unzähligen anderen Menschen hat Michaela Özelsel im Vollzug der heiligen Rituale das Gefühl, angekommen zu sein, trotz oder gerade wegen der schwierigen äußeren Umstände der ständigen Gefahr, im Gedränge Tausender Menschen verletzt zu werden, der kaum erträglichen Hitze und des Schlafentzugs. Sich dem zu überlassen, used to be kommen magazine, das schafft Raum für ein unerwartetes Berührt-Werden und eine neue Gelassenheit, die die Autorin mit zurück in ihren Alltag nimmt, wohlwissend, dass ihre spirituelle Reise mit der Landung in Frankfurt nicht zu Ende ist. Der faszinierende Bericht einer Pilgerfahrt im Geiste einer Kultur, die uns nah und doch so fremd ist ... und einer Reise ins eigene Innere jenseits der Grenzen religiöser Tradition.

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Political Liberalism in Muslim Societies (Islamic Studies by Fevzi Bilgin

By Fevzi Bilgin

Having survived the method of modernization and reasserted themselves in public existence, non secular traditions play an more and more vital public function in shaping and defining social associations and interactions.


This ebook examines Rawls’s concept of political liberalism within the context of Muslim societies, the place faith wields an important social and political impact. Contrasting a sociological research with a theoretical procedure, the writer explores the political questions stated by way of non secular participants, firms, and minorities, and examines primary notions akin to neutrality of nation, public/private contrast, and person autonomy. supplying a wealthy set of conceptual and normative tools, the writer provides new how one can contain political liberalism into political discourses and advocating coverage prescriptions for the development of democracy in Muslim societies.


Independent of the point of interest on Muslim societies, this publication makes an important contribution to the political liberalism debate. As such, it will likely be of curiosity not just to scholars of Islam and the center East, but additionally to these with an curiosity in political philosophy, democracy, faith and modern political theory.

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