Reading Islam

Life and Politics of Brotherhood in Modern Turkey


In Reading Islam Fabio Vicini offers a journey within the intimate relations, reading practices, and forms of intellectual engagement that regulate Muslim life in two enclosed religious communities in Istanbul. Combining anthropological observation with textual and genealogical analysis, he illustrates how the modes of thought and social engagement promoted by these two communities are the outcome of complex intellectual entanglements with modern discourses about science, education, the self, and Muslims’ place and responsibility in society. In this way, Reading Islam sheds light on the formation of new generations of faithful and socially active Muslims over the last thirty years and on their impact on the turn of Turkey from an assertive secularist Republic to an Islamic-oriented form of governance.

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Biographical Note
Fabio Vicini is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Istanbul 29 Mayis University. In 2013 he has been awarded the Malcolm H. Kerr Award in the Social Sciences. His work has appeared, among others, in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Culture and Religion, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, and Sociology of Islam.
Table of contents
Note on Transliteration and Turkish Pronunciation
Introduction: Reading Islam in Modern Times
Chapter 1: Outreaches of Religious Service
Chapter 2: Living the Brotherhood
Chapter 3: Reading, Reflection and the Search for Transcendence
Chapter 4: Putting Islam to Work
Chapter 5: Politics of Brotherhood
All interested in the study of Islam and Society in the Middle East. In particular, students and faculty of programs in Middle Eastern Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology.
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