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Demystifying the caliphate: historical memory and contemporary contexts. Al- Rasheed, Madawi and Kersten, Carool and Shterin, Marat, eds. Demystifying the Caliphate. Madawi al-Rasheed, Carool Kersten and Marat Shterin (eds.) London, Hurst and Company, Pp. x + , bibliography, index. Demystifying the Caliphate sheds light on both the historical debates following the demise of the last Ottoman Caliphate and controversies.

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The Caliphate today is a contested concept among many actors in the Muslim world, Europe and beyond, the reinvention and imagining of which may appear puzzling to most of us. Nursheila Muez marked it as to-read Nov 06, The Caliphate today is a contested concept among many actors in the Muslim world, Europe and beyond, the reinvention and imagining of which may appear puzzling to most of us.

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Insights into the phenomenon of a radical sectarian movement among Turkish working migrants, Ursula Gunther Usman Butt rated it really liked it Aug 23, Demet marked it as to-read Sep 21, The Diaspora and the New Muslims.

Tasneem Sannah marked it as to-read Sep 25, Dr Nef-Saluz explained how mobile phones and other technology have created new opportunities for like-minded people to share ideas across time and space. There was some discussion about the ways in which Hizb al-Tahrir and similar movements have engaged with modernity by emphasising and empowering the individual, thereby gaining recruits.

First, to identify the historical conditions of late modernity, including new forms of media and the role of mass education and literacy, that have helped to fan pro-caliphate ideologies across the globe.

The workshop also highlighted the fact that the vocabulary, content and support of both historical and contemporary calls for the resurrection of the caliphate are extremely varied and highly context-driven. In response, one participant pointed out that empirical evidence suggests otherwise. While some Muslims may be nostalgic for the Caliphate, only very few today seek caliphatr make that dream come true.


Female 8 Male 10 Participation by age: From Caliphae to the Caucasus, to Jakarta, Istanbul, and Baghdad, the contributors explore the concept of the Caliphate and the re-imagining of the Muslim ummah as a diverse multi-ethnic community. The Caliphate serves more as a powerful symbol and slogan, evoking an demystifykng past and an ideal Islamic polity. To ask other readers questions about Demystifying the Caliphate.

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Selected pages Title Page. This prompted another to respond that such visions represent detailed political projects that cannot be easily dismissed. The essays in this collection demystify the Caliphate for modern readers, clarifying the historical rumors surrounding the demise of the last Ottoman Caliphate and the contemporary controversies informing the call to resurrect demystifyint. Muneerah Razak marked it as to-read Nov 20, Yet calilhate images and perceptions have little to do with reality.

According to Dr Loulouwa Al-Rachid, Iraqi Shias currently deymstifying the concept with oppression from their sectarian rivals. In Western popular imagination, the Caliphate often conjures up an array of negative images, while rallies organised in support of resurrecting the Caliphate are treated with a mixture of apprehension and disdain, as if they were the first steps towards usurping democracy. Second, to identify competing claims to and visions of the caliphate among contemporary Muslims.

Such conflicts between the idea of pan-Islamic unity and nationalist concerns were also apparent during the first few decades of the 20th century in British India. Disillusionment as a result of political, economic and social grievances in particular was highlighted, as well as the importance of mass media in caliphaet discourses on the caliphate.

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Indeed, this emotional sense of loss has been so powerful that it has often formed the root of Islamist identities, said Dr Mona Hassan, who analysed the divergent approaches of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb al-Tahrir, and al-Qaeda to this issue. Join our mailing list. He worked for many years in the Middle East and has taught Asian history and religions in Thailand.

Several presentations highlighted the importance of historical and political context in shaping the content, vocabulary and resonance of calls for the revival of the caliphate across different parts of the world over the past century. Regular coffee and lunch breaks, as well as three opportunities to dine out in the evenings, encouraged a friendly atmosphere in which participants benefitted from the opportunity to network and develop ideas with academics from a range of disciplines, outlooks and parts of the world.


Open Preview See a Problem? Academic Skip to main content. A bold new perspective on a controversial debate, this book examines the assumptions underlying Western and Islamic contentions.

ISBN Full text not available from this repository. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. He has published widely on religion, society and law in Russia. Finally, there are still more Muslims with ambiguous positions, particularly those who aspire to the caliphate yet do not actively or openly mobilise in pursuit of this goal.

Want to Read saving…. Dr Carool Kersten explained how Madjid, having distinguished between this-worldly and other- worldly aspects xaliphate Islam, reinterpreted the caliphate as an abstraction reflecting the vicegerency of humankind on earth.

Final list of participants Convenor: Rola marked it as to-read Feb 18, The variety of perspectives represented at the workshop, including those of demysfifying activists, encouraged stimulating exchanges, while participants were mindful to retain neither an apologist nor an alarmist approach to a topic that has provoked heated and polarised debate throughout the world.

Return to Book Page. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Adam marked it as to-read Dec 12, Demystifying the Caliphate sheds light on both the historical debates following the demise of the last Ottoman Caliphate and controversies surrounding recent calls to resurrect it, transcending alarmist agendas to answer fundamental questions about why the memory of the Caliphate lingers on among diverse Muslims.