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In: Reading Islam
In: Reading Islam
In: Reading Islam
In: Reading Islam
In: Reading Islam
In: Reading Islam
In: Reading Islam
Author: Fabio Vicini

Abstract

This chapter investigates the way Turkish Muslim volunteers in the faith-based organization Deniz Feneri think of their activism. It investigates how Muslim forms of commitment have emerged and changed in shape and meaning in the context of Turkey’s broader socioeconomic neoliberal restructuring since the 1980s and discusses the complex notions of charity in Islam in comparison with secular understandings of humanist intervention. Inspired by theories of successive modernities, the chapter argues that volunteerism at Deniz Feneri provides activists with a sense of religious commitment expressing “post-modern” dynamic, self-reliant selves, while at the same time having collectivistic and peer-group-oriented inflections.

In: Muslim Subjectivities in Global Modernity
Author: Fabio Vicini

Abstract

This chapter investigates the way Turkish Muslim volunteers in the faith-based organization Deniz Feneri think of their activism. It investigates how Muslim forms of commitment have emerged and changed in shape and meaning in the context of Turkey’s broader socioeconomic neoliberal restructuring since the 1980s and discusses the complex notions of charity in Islam in comparison with secular understandings of humanist intervention. Inspired by theories of successive modernities, the chapter argues that volunteerism at Deniz Feneri provides activists with a sense of religious commitment expressing “post-modern” dynamic, self-reliant selves, while at the same time having collectivistic and peer-group-oriented inflections.

In: Muslim Subjectivities in Global Modernity
Author: Fabio Vicini
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.