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Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities: Islam, Youth, and Social Activism in the Middle East

10 May, 2015 12:48
Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities: Islam, Youth, and Social Activism in the Middle East
"In this book, Dietrich Jung and his collaborators demonstrate theoretically and empirically how we are all 'moderns' in today's global world but modern in different ways. They do this concretely on the basis of historical analyses and contemporary research conducted among activists in social welfare and youth organizations in Jordan and Egypt. They demonstrate how modern transformations happened and are happening in these countries roughly in sequence with those that have been occurring in Western countries; how 'modernity' did not come to the West first and then, if at all, to other countries. Most significantly, their research demonstrates that Islam, in these instances, has been and still is a central element and resource in these transformations, a key part of becoming and being modern rather than simply a reactionary force harkening to a bygone era." - Peter Beyer, University of Ottawa, Canada

"Just when you thought you knew everything you needed to know about the history of modernity as a global and a Middle Eastern phenomenon, a new book comes along that employs the notions of successive and multiple modernities to invite you to rethink both and their connections to each other. If theory is not what you are looking for in a new book on Islamic modernities, then the empirical case studies of Jordan and Egypt that use the study of the Muslim subjectivities of men and women of different generations and classes to expand this new field will offer important rewards. This is an excellent book that is worthy of your attention and mine." - Mervat F. Hatem, Howard University, USA 

"Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities is a breathtaking must-read for anybody interested in politics, religion, and society in the modern Middle East. The authors make a great and unmatched contribution to the literature on Islam's complex and fascinating embedding in the global order. Based on social theories of the modern, the book studies the relationship between politics and religion, the status of Muslim charity and youth organizations, and the individual modern subjectivities of young Muslims in Egypt and Jordan. It meets the highest standards of rigorous, theory-driven empirical research and provides an intellectually rich frame for understanding better both how modern Islam is coherently integrated into - rather than opposed to - the global modern and why such integration is yet anything but a homogenous or linear process." - Stephan Stetter, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany 
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