Muslim Subjectivities in Global Modernity

Islamic Traditions and the Construction of Modern Muslim Identities

With critical reference to Eisenstadt’s theory of “multiple modernities,” Muslim Subjectivities in Global Modernity discusses the role of religion in the modern world. The case studies all provide examples illustrating the ambition to understand how Islamic traditions have contributed to the construction of practices and expressions of modern Muslim selfhoods. In doing so, they underpin Eisenstadt’s argument that religious traditions can play a pivotal role in the construction of historically different interpretations of modernity. At the same time, however, they point to a void in Eisenstadt’s approach that does not problematize the multiplicity of forms in which this role of religious traditions plays out historically. Consequently, the authors of the present volume focus on the multiple modernities within Islam, which Eisenstadt’s theory hardly takes into account.

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Dietrich Jung, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Center for Modern Middle East and Muslim Studies, University of Southern Denmark. He holds a MA in Political Science and Islamic Studies, and a PhD from the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, University of Hamburg, Germany. His most recent book is Muslim History and Social Theory: A Global Sociology of Modernity (New York: Palgrave, 2017)
Kirstine Sinclair, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Head of Studies at the Centre for Modern Middle East and Muslim Studies, University of Southern Denmark. She holds an MA in History and Comparative Literature from Edinburgh and Aarhus Universities and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Denmark. Her most recent publication is a co-edited special issue of Journal of Muslims in Europe on the study of mosques (8, 2, 2019).

Contributors are: Philipp Bruckmayr, Neslihan Kevser Cevik, Dietrich Jung, Jakob Krais, Mex-Jørgensen, Kamaludeen Nasir, Zacharias Pieri, Mark Sedgwick, Kirstine Sinclair, Fabio Vicini, Ahmed al-Zalaf.
 Contributors
 Introduction: Islamic Modernities and Modern Muslim Subjectivities
Dietrich Jung and Kirstine Sinclair
 1Modern Muslim Subjectivities: Theories, Concepts, and First Findings
Dietrich Jung
 2Decolonizing Body and Mind: Physical Activity and Subject Formation in Colonial Algeria
Jakob Krais
 3Daily Ritual, Mission, and Transformation of the Self: The Case of Tablighi Jamaat
Zacharias Pieri
 4Hasan al-Banna and the Modern Muslim Self: Subjectivity Formation and the Search for an Islamic Order in Early Twentieth Century Egypt
Dietrich Jung and Ahmed Abou El Zalaf
 5“Worship is Not Everything:” Volunteering and Muslim Life in Modern Turkey
Fabio Vicini
 6The Modernity of Neo-traditionalist Islam
Mark Sedgwick
 7An Islamic University in the West and the Question of Modern Authenticity
Kirstine Sinclair
 8The Muslimist Self and Fashion: Implications for Politics and Markets
Neslihan Cevik
 9Social Class, Piety, and the Formation of the Singaporean Muslim: Exploring Educational Choices in a Highly Regulated Society
Kamaludeen Mohamad Nasir
 10Imaginaries of the Good Life from the Egyptian Revolution in 2011: Pride and Agency
Line Mex-Jørgensen
 11“When I’m on the Mic Everything is Ḥarām:” Narrative Identity and Modern Subjectivities among American Rap Artists
Philipp Bruckmayr
 Concluding Remarks: Modern Muslim Subjectivities, Islamic Modernities, and the Multiple Modernities Thesis
Dietrich Jung and Kirstine Sinclair
 Index
This book offers insightful case studies on multiple Islamic modernities for all interested in religious and Islamic studies.