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Description - Islam and the Orientalist World-system by Khaldoun Samman

Featuring Immanuel Wallerstein, Joseph Massad, Marnia Lazreg, and other well-known and emerging new authors, this book seeks a more accurate understanding of Islam and Islamic societies' role and relations to global cultural and economic realities. The book confronts a trend today of analyzing Islam as a "cultural system" that stands outside of, and even predates, modernity. The authors see this trend as part of a racist discourse unaware of the realities of contemporary Islam. Islamic societies today are products of the world capitalist system and cannot be understood as being separate from its forces. The authors offer a more carefully constructed and richer portrait of Islamic societies today and forcefully challenge the belief that Islam is not part of, nor much affected by, the modern world-system.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781594515194
ISBN-10: 1594515190
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 246
Imprint: Paradigm
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Khaldoun Samman

Khaldoun Samman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, is the author of Cities of God and Nationalism: Mecca, Jerusalem, and Rome as Contested World Cities (Paradigm 2007).Mazhar Al-Zo'by is Professor of global studies and world humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Zayed University (UAE). His interests both as an academic and a public scholar focus on globalization, postcolonial studies, and critical social theory. His current research addresses the question of cultural identity, social movements (primarily in the Arab world), and popular culture in the global context.

Books By Khaldoun Samman

Clash of Modernities by Khaldoun Samman
Paperback, November 2011
Islam and the Orientalist World-system by Khaldoun Samman
Hardback, January 2008
Cities of God and Nationalism by Khaldoun Samman
Paperback, July 2007