Chapter 7 An Islamic University in the West and the Question of Modern Authenticity

In: Muslim Subjectivities in Global Modernity
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Kirstine Sinclair
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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to discuss how Islamic universities in the West facilitate and condition the formation of modern Muslim subjectivities in minority contexts with emphasis on the institutions as providers of guidelines for good, Muslim minority life. This is done through a case study of Cambridge Muslim College in the UK, its values and aims, as well as through interviews with the founder and dean, faculty members and students and participatory observation. Cambridge Muslim College sees itself as mediator between Islamic traditions and modern Muslims in the West, and as having a responsibility in engaging in the development of both Muslim minorities and the wider society within which it operates.

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Muslim Subjectivities in Global Modernity

Islamic Traditions and the Construction of Modern Muslim Identities

Series:  International Studies in Religion and Society, Volume: 35