Terrains of Exchange: Religious Economies of Global Islam

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Terrains of Exchange offers a bold new paradigm for understanding the expansion of Islam in the modern world. Through the model of religious economy, it traces the competition between Muslim, Christian and Hindu religious entrepreneurs that transformed Islam into a proselytising global brand.

Drawing Indian, Arab, Iranian and Tatar Muslims together with Scottish missionaries and African-American converts, Nile Green brings to life the local sites of globalisation where Islam was repeatedly reinvented in modern times. Evoking terrains of exchange from Russia's imperial borderlands to the factories of Detroit and the ports of Japan, he casts a microhistorian's eye on the innovative new Islams that emerged from these sites of contact.

Drawing on a multilingual range of materials, the book challenges the idea that globalisation has given rise to a unified "global Islam." Instead, it reveals the forces behind the fracturing of Islam in the hands of feuding and fissiparous "'religious firms".

Terrains of Exchange not only presents global history as Islamic history. It also reveals the forces of that history at work in the world today.

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Nile Green is Professor of South Asian and Islamic history at UCLA. His research focuses on the history and literature of the Muslim communities of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and the Indian Ocean. He is the editor of Afghanistan in Ink: Literature Between Diaspora and Nation, published by OUP. His book Bombay Islam was Winner of the Middle East Studies Association's Albert Hourani Book Award and the Association for Asian Studies' Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Book Award.

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'Continuing the remarkable work begun in his Bombay Islam, Nile Green expands the geographical scope of his exploration of religious economies to include North America, Europe, India, Southeast Asia and Japan. He emphasises the central role of evangelical scholars in British universities and the Protestant missionary presses in bringing into public circulation and debate the religious texts of Islam and shows how the institutional form and practices of the Protestant "mission" would be adopted by Islamic and Hindu religious movements such as the Ahmadiyya, the Tablighi Jamaat and the Arya Samaj to proselytize all over the world. This is a ground-breaking and thought-provoking book.' * Partha Chatterjee, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, Columbia University * 'Terrains of Exchange is a richly documented and elegantly written account of the global encounter between both Muslim and Christian missionaries, scholars, and holy men in the long nineteenth century. Drawing on a dizzying array of sources in Persian, Urdu, and various European languages, the author traces this encounter through the stories of a number of individual actors across a global religious economy (bridging Europe, India, Japan, and the US) that, while intersecting with the institutions and practices of empire, was never wholly subsumed by them.' * John M. Willis, Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado * 'Nile Green expands his innovative theme of "religious economy" from his prize-winning book Bombay Islam to produce this fascinating new study of ground-level Muslim entrepreneurship on a global basis during the long nineteenth century, in locales as diverse and yet connected as England, India, the United States, and Japan.' * Michael H. Fisher, Robert S. Danforth Professor of History, Oberlin College, USA *

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