The Modern Muslim World

Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities

Islam, Youth, and Social Activism in the Middle East

Authors: Jung, D., Petersen, M., Sparre, S.

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Examining modern Muslim identity constructions, the authors introduce a novel analytical framework to Islamic Studies, drawing on theories of successive modernities, sociology of religion, and poststructuralist approaches to modern subjectivity, as well as the results of extensive fieldwork in the Middle East, particularly Egypt and Jordan.

About the authors

Author Dietrich Jung: Dietrich Jung is Head of the Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies at University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Denmark. Author Marie Juul Petersen: Marie Juul Petersen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Danish Institue for International Studies, Denmark Author Sara Lei Sparre: Sara Lei Sparre is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Reviews

"In this book, Dietrich Jung and his collaborators demonstrate theoretically and empirically how we are all 'moderns' in today's global world but modern in different ways. They do this concretely on the basis of historical analyses and contemporary research conducted among activists in social welfare and youth organizations in Jordan and Egypt. They demonstrate how modern transformations happened and are happening in these countries roughly in sequence with those that have been occurring in Western countries; how 'modernity' did not come to the West first and then, if at all, to other countries. Most significantly, their research demonstrates that Islam, in these instances, has been and still is a central element and resource in these transformations, a key part of becoming and being modern rather than simply a reactionary force harkening to a bygone era." - Peter Beyer, University of Ottawa, Canada

"Just when you thought you knew everything you needed to know about the history of modernity as a global and a Middle Eastern phenomenon, a new book comes along that employs the notions of successive and multiple modernities to invite you to rethink both and their connections to each other. If theory is not what you are looking for in a new book on Islamic modernities, then the empirical case studies of Jordan and Egypt that use the study of the Muslim subjectivities of men and women of different generations and classes to expand this new field will offer important rewards. This is an excellent book that is worthy of your attention and mine." - Mervat F. Hatem, Howard University, USA

"Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities is a breathtaking must-read for anybody interested in politics, religion, and society in the modern Middle East. The authors make a great and unmatched contribution to the literature on Islam's complex and fascinating embedding in the global order. Based on social theories of the modern, the book studies the relationship between politics and religion, the status of Muslim charity and youth organizations, and the individual modern subjectivities of young Muslims in Egypt and Jordan. It meets the highest standards of rigorous, theory-driven empirical research and provides an intellectually rich frame for understanding better both how modern Islam is coherently integrated into - rather than opposed to - the global modern and why such integration is yet anything but a homogenous or linear process." - Stephan Stetter, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: “We Have a Collective Vision to Build Our Society”

    Jung, Dietrich (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Modernity, Successive Modernities, and the Formation of the Modern Subject

    Jung, Dietrich (et al.)

    Pages 11-24

  • Modern Religion, Religious Organizations, and Religious Social Action

    Jung, Dietrich (et al.)

    Pages 25-35

  • Islamic Reform and the Construction of Modern Muslim Subjectivities

    Jung, Dietrich (et al.)

    Pages 37-46

  • State and Islam in Jordan: The Contested Islamic Modern

    Jung, Dietrich (et al.)

    Pages 51-64

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities
Book Subtitle
Islam, Youth, and Social Activism in the Middle East
Authors
Series Title
The Modern Muslim World
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38065-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137380654
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38063-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-38064-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 213
Topics