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  • 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 science and intellectual life – have roots beyond the West. They extend to civilisations and histories of the Islamic world in all its diversity, giving us journeys into a modernity that is familiar but also different.

    This book is about 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. Muslim as well as non-Muslim scholars show in these pages that tradition and religiosity alike are active players in the making of the modern.

    A vital theme is the role of the ethical imagination in expressions of the civil, fed by the diversity of religious and cultural narratives as sources of the self. This can be seen in struggles for civil society and democratic citizenship, in the grappling with new technologies, and in the challenges of political violence. Since the events of September 11, 2001, a failure to come to grips with plural modernities has spurred claims about a ‘clash of civilisations’. Fresh perspectives are offered here on what it is to be Muslim and modern, mindful of the rich narratives that inform both identities.

    Contributors: Nilufer Gole, Bruce Lawrence, Hasna Lebbady, Theodore Levin, Kevin McDonald, Fairouz Nishanova, John Renard, Eva Schubert, Bryan Turner and Amyn Sajoo.

  • Acknowledgements ix

    About the Contributors xi

    1. Introduction

    AMYN B. SAJOO 1

    2. Scripture, History and Modernity: Readings of the Qur’aninfo-icon

    BRUCE B. LAWRENCE 25

    3. Heroic Themes: An Invitation to Muslim Worlds

    JOHN RENARD 51

    4. An Andalusian Modernity in Narratives of Women

    HASNA LEBBADY 73

    5. Civil Sounds: The Aga Khaninfo-icon Music Initiative in Central Asia

    THEODORE LEVIN AND FAIROUZ R. NISHANOVA 93

    6. Forbidden Modernities: Islam in Public

    NILUFER GOLE 119

    7. Revivalism and the Enclave Society

    BRYAN S. TURNER 137

    8. Modern Citizenship, Multiple Identities

    EVA SCHUBERT 161

    9. Globalization, Civil Imagination and Islamic Movements

    KEVIN McDONALD 183

    10. Reimagining the Civil: Pluralism and Its Discontents

    AMYN B. SAJOO 207

     

    Notes 227

     

    Select Bibliography 259

     

    Index 271

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  • Dr Amyn Sajoo

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    Amyn B. Sajoo is a Scholar-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies in Vancouver, Canada. A specialist in international human rights, civil society and public ethics, Dr Sajoo was educated at King's College London and McGill University, Montreal. He has taught at the University of British Columbia, McGill, Simon Fraser University and The Institute of Ismaili Studies, and was a 2005 Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. Dr Sajoo earlier served as a human rights advisor with the Canadian department of Justice in Ottawa. He also served as a Canada-ASEAN...Read more