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Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities

Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities

Islam, Youth, and Social Activism in the Middle East
Dietrich Jung, Marie Juul Petersen, Sara Lei Sparre (dir.), Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities. Islam, Youth, and Social Activism in the Middle East, Palgrave Macmillan, coll. « The Modern Muslim World », 2014, 228 p., ISBN : 9781137380647.
Notice publiée le 18 février 2014

Présentation de l'éditeur

This book provokes a debate between social theory and Islamic studies. Drawing on theories of successive modernities, sociology of religion, and poststructuralist approaches to modern subjectivity formation, it introduces a novel analytical framework to the study of Middle Eastern societies. The authors explore ways in which Muslims have constructed meaningful modern selfhoods, providing their reader with unique insights into the ongoing social transformation of the Middle East. Making Islamic charities and youth organizations their primary site of investigation, they combine studies on Islamic reform with case studies on social activism in Egypt and Jordan. In criticizing theses about the alleged uniqueness of Western modernity, the book challenges exclusivist assumptions about both Western modernity and contemporary Islamic ways of life. In this way, it makes original contributions to conceptual discussions on modernity and our knowledge of modern Muslim societies.

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Dietrich Jung (dir.)

Dietrich Jung is Professor and Head of Department at the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies at University of Southern Denmark (SDU). He is also editor of Palgrave's series The Modern Muslim World. Some of his recent publications include Religion, Politics, and Turkey's EU Accession (2008) and Orientalists, Islamists and the Global Public Sphere: A Genealogy of the Modern Essentialist Image of Islam (2011).

Marie Juul Petersen (dir.)

Marie Juul Petersen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Her research focuses on international Muslim organizations, human rights, development, and humanitarian aid. She received her PhD from University of Copenhagen, Institute for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies.

Sara Lei Sparre (dir.)

Sara Lei Sparre is Assistant Professor in the Department of Culture and Identity at Roskilde University. Her research focuses on youth, religion, and activism in Egypt and Middle Eastern Christian communities in Denmark. She received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology at University of Copenhagen. 

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