Discourse pertaining to "political Islam" and to its connection with modernization currently involves both Muslims and Westerners. This book reconstructs the development of the catch-term "political Islam" - from the original Qur'anic categorization of a "religion" to the emergence of a tendency to predicate Islam in terms of its so-called societal, and subsequently political, dimension - and shows how, by the end of the 1970s, both discourse and the "hermeneutic field" itself have become politicized, due to the emerging image of an "Islam in Movement". It looks in detail at the various discursive "circles" spanning the current "transcultural" space between "Islam" and the West, offering valuable insights for those interested in cross-cultural relations and in Islam's changing political roles.
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Armando Salvatore is Researcher and Lecturer in Political Sociology at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and Research Associate at CEDEJ in Cairo. His Ph.D. thesis won the 1994 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences of MESA.Review:
'This is far from an introduction to modern political Islam. This book demands prior knowledge of both the political and religious aspects of the Arab-Muslim world and most of all, familiarity with the latest sociological terms. This is an important book.' TFMS (Sweden) 'Salvatore's argument is ... ambitious. He does not simply describe debates on religion and politics in Islam, but tries to locate them sociologically and historically.' Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2000 'A scholar equally at home in Western and Islamic intellectual history is uncommon; one who is sufficiently comfortable to discover correspondences and ties between the two intellectual traditions is especially rare. Dr. Salvatore's densely argued but wide-ranging dissertation will challenge and reward scholars of Islam everywhere.' MESA Newsletter, February 1995.
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Book Description Ithaca Press, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0863722733