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Alternative Islamic discourses and religious authority
Kings College London.
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
2013 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Like anywhere else, the present-day Islamic world too is grappling with modernity and postmodernity, secularisation and globalisation. Muslims are raising questions about religious representations and authority. This has given rise to the emergence of alternative Islamic discourses which challenge binary oppositions and dichotomies of orthodoxy and heterodoxy, continuity and change, state and civil society. It also leads to a dispersal of authority, a collapse of existing hierarchical structures and gender roles. This book further argues that the centre of gravity of many of these alternative Islamic discourses is shifting from the Arabic-speaking 'heartland' towards the geographical peripheries of the Muslim world and expatriate Muslims in North America and Europe. At the same time, in view of recent seismic shifts in the political constellation of the Middle East, the trends discussed in this book hold important clues for the possible direction of future developments in that volatile part of the Muslim world. © Carool Kersten and Susanne Olsson 2013. All rights reserved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Farnham: Ashgate, 2013. , 208 p.1-206 p.
Alternative Islamic Discourses and Religious Authority
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Historical Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24156ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84900104298ISBN: 9781409441304 (print)OAI: diva2:728658
Available from: 2014-06-24 Created: 2014-06-23 Last updated: 2014-06-24Bibliographically approved

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