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- DescriptionThe spread of Islam around the globe has blurred the connection between a religion, a specific society, and a territory. One-third of the world's Muslims w live as members of a mirity. At the heart of this development is, on the one hand, the voluntary settlement of Muslims in Western societies and, on the other, the pervasiveness and influence of Western cultural models and social rms. The revival of Islam among Muslim populations in the last twenty years is often wrongly perceived as a backlash against westernization rather than as one of its consequences. Neofundamentalism has been gaining ground among a rootless Muslim youth-particularly among the second- and third-generation migrants in the West-and this phemen is feeding new forms of radicalism, ranging from support for Al Qaeda to the outright rejection of integration into Western society. In this brilliant exegesis of the movement of Islam beyond traditional borders and its unwitting westernization, Olivier Roy argues that Islamic revival, or re-Islamization, results from the efforts of westernized Muslims to assert their identity in a n-Muslim context. A schism has emerged between mainstream Islamist movements in the Muslim world-including Hamas of Palestine and Hezbollah of Leban-and the uprooted militants who strive to establish an imaginary ummah, or Muslim community, t embedded in any particular society or territory. Roy provides a detailed comparison of these transnational movements, whether peaceful, like Tablighi Jama'at and the Islamic brotherhoods, or violent, like Al Qaeda. He shows how neofundamentalism ackwledges without stalgia the loss of pristine cultures, constructing instead a universal religious identity that transcends the very tion of culture. Thus contemporary Islamic fundamentalism is t a single-te reaction against westernization but a product and an agent of the complex forces of globalization.
- Author BiographyOlivier Roy is a professor at EHESS, the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris. Among his books are The Failure of Political Islam, The New Central Asia, and (with Mariam Abou Zahab) Islamist Networks: The Afghan-Pakistan Connection (Columbia, 2004).
- Author(s)Olivier Roy
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication27/10/2004
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight630 g
- Width146 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine28 mm
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