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 books are Muslim History and Social Theory: A Global Sociology of Modernity (New York: Palgrave, 2017) and Modern Subjectivities in World Society: Global Structures and Local Practices, edited together with Stephan Stetter (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018)
Kirstine Sinclair, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the Centre for Modern Middle East and Muslim Studies, University of Southern Denmark. Her research interests cover Muslim minorities in the West with special reference to Islamism, political activism, and identity formation. Since 2014, Sinclair has worked on Islamic institutions and subjectivity formation in Western European contexts such as colleges and mosques. Amongst recent publications in English are a co-edited special issue on mosques in Journal of Muslims in Europe, 8:2 (2019) and “What They Really Want is a Caliphate! British Salafi Reactions to the Arab Spring” in Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 38:2 (2018).

Contributors are: Philipp Bruckmayr, Neslihan Kevser Cevik, Dietrich Jung, Jakob Krais, Mex-Jørgensen, Kamaludeen Nasir, Zacharias Pieri, Mark Sedgwick, Kirstine Sinclair, Ahmed al-Zalaf.
This book offers insightful case studies on multiple Islamic modernities for all interested in religious and Islamic studies.