Isma'ili Modern: Globalization and Identity in a Muslim by Jonah Steinberg

By Jonah Steinberg

The Isma'ili Muslims, a tremendous sect of Shi'i Islam, shape a neighborhood that's exciting in its deterritorialized social association. knowledgeable via the richness of Isma'ili background, theories of transnationalism and globalization, and firsthand ethnographic fieldwork within the Himalayan areas of Tajikistan and Pakistan in addition to in Europe, Jonah Steinberg investigates Isma'ili Muslims and the improvement in their striking and expansive twenty-first-century worldwide structures.

Led via a charismatic European-based hereditary Imam, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, worldwide Isma'ili firms make on hand an wonderful array of services--social, fiscal, political, and religious--to a few 3 to 5 million topics stretching from Afghanistan to England, from Pakistan to Tanzania. Steinberg argues that this complex and hugely built-in community allows a brand new type of shared id and citizenship, one who is going well past the feel of group maintained through different diasporic populations. Of observe during this procedure is the speedy assimilation within the postcolonial interval of once-isolated societies into the intensively centralized Isma'ili constitution. additionally amazing is the Isma'ilis' self-presentation, opposite to universal characterizations of Islam within the mass media, as a Muslim society that's generally sympathetic to capitalist platforms, against fundamentalism, and exceedingly glossy in orientation. Steinberg's exact trip into distant mountain areas highlights trendy speedily moving meanings of citizenship, religion, and identification and divulges their worldwide scale.

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