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Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities

Islam, Youth, and Social Activism in the Middle East

Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities by Dietrich Jung
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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.
Palgrave Macmillan; January 2014
229 pages; ISBN 9781137380654
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Title: Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities
Author: Dietrich Jung; Marie Juul Petersen; Sara Lei Sparre
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