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Demystifying the caliphate: historical memory and contemporary contexts

Al-Rasheed, Madawi, Kersten, Carool and Shterin, Marat, eds. (2013) Demystifying the caliphate: historical memory and contemporary contexts. Hurst and Co., London, UK. ISBN 9781849042284

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Abstract

In the Western imagination, the Islamic Caliphate is often linked to acts of beheading, stoning, and discrimination against women and non-Muslim minorities. Rallies in support of resurrecting the Caliphate seem deserving of derision and are believed to be the first steps toward the dismantling of the democratic state. Yet while some Muslims may be nostalgic for the Caliphate, very few are actively making its return a reality. The Caliphate serves more as a powerful symbol and slogan, evoking an imagined past and an ideal Islamic polity. It is also a vastly unstable concept contested by a number of powerful actors within Europe, the Muslim world, and beyond. 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 it. Contributors include impartial historians and social scientists who concentrate on the fundamental aspects of the Caliphate and unpack its lingering presence in the minds of diverse Muslims. From London to the Northern Caucasus, from Jakarta to Baghdad and Istanbul, contributors explore the Caliphate within the context of global and globalized publics and against the new reality of the Muslim umma as a multifaceted community.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.hurstpublishers.com/
Additional Information: © 2013 Hurst and Co.
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 08:56
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 23:05
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57763

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