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Titel: The Culture of Islam: Changing Aspects of Contemporary Muslim Life
Autor/en: Lawrence Rosen
Autor/en: Lawrence Rosen
UNIV OF CHICAGO PR
Januar 2003 - gebunden - 230 Seiten
Having worked for several decades in North Africa, anthropologist Lawrence Rosen is uniquely placed to ask what factors contribute to the continuity and changes characterizing the present-day Muslim world. In "The Culture of Islam," he brings his erudition and his experiences to illuminating key aspects of Muslim life and how central tenets of that life are being challenged and culturally refashioned.Through a series of poignant tales--from the struggle by a group of friends against daily corruption to the contest over a saint's identity, from nostalgia for the departed Jews to Salman Rushdie's vision of doubt in a world of religious certainty--Rosen shows how a dazzling array of potential changes are occurring alongside deeply embedded continuity, a process he compares to a game of chess in which infinite variations of moves can be achieved while fundamental aspects of "the game" have had a remarkably enduring quality. Whether it is the potential fabrication of new forms of Islam by migrants to Europe (creating a new "Euro-Islam," as Rosen calls it), the emphasis put on individuals rather than institutions, or the heartrending problems Muslims may face when their marriages cross national boundaries, each story and each interpretation offers a window into a world of contending concepts and challenged coherence."The Culture of Islam" is both an antidote to simplified versions of Islam circulating today and a consistent story of the continuities that account for much of ordinary Muslim life. It offers, in its human stories and its insights, its own contribution, as the author says, "to the mutual understanding and forgiveness that alone will make true peace possible."
Lawrence Rosen is professor of anthropology at Princeton University and adjunct professor of law at Columbia University, Named to the first group of MacArthur Award winners, he is the author of six books, including. Bargaining for Reality: The Construction of Social Relations in a Muslim Community, published by the University of Chicago Press.
"At a time when writers and commentators are discussing Islam so freely and often superficially, the need for a measured and accessible analysis of Islam is great. Lawrence Rosen's The Culture of Islam perfectly meets this need. Rosen's continuing interactions with the Muslim world, which began over three decades ago, allow us special insights into Islamic culture and have formed an intellectually stimulating and highly original book." - Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University, and author of Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and Society
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