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The Modern Muslim World

The Modern Muslim World provides a platform for scholarly research on Islamic and Muslim thought and history, emerging from any geographic area within the expansive Muslim world and dated to any period from the beginning of the modern period onwards. Of particular interest to the series are studies that trace the intellectual and historical impact of modern texts and thinkers on the contemporary world. Within this context, submissions are also welcome on Muslim diaspora. Authors are invited to submit proposals for original monographs, translations and edited volumes related to these broad areas of research. 
 

Professor Hina Azam

The University of Texas at Austin

Professor Marcia Hermansen (Chair)

Loyola University Chicago 

Professor Ussaama Makdisi

Rice University 

Professor Martin Nguyen

Fairfield University 

Professor Joas Wagemakers

Utrecht University 

 

Professor Ebrahim Moosa
University of Notre Dame
Professor Khaled M. Abou El Fadl
University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Talal Asad
City University of New York
Professor Aslı Niyazioğlu
University of Oxford
Professor Islam Dayeh
Freie Universität Berlin 
Dr Amira K. Bennison
University of Cambridge 
Dr Rana Hisham Issa
University of Oslo
Professor Armando Salvatore
McGill University 
Professor Adam Talib
Durham University 
Professor Tijana Krstic
Central European University 
Professor Marwa Elshakry
Columbia University 
Professor Adam Sabra
University of California, Santa Barbara
 
For more information about the series or to submit a proposal, please contact the series' Submissions Editor, Adam Walker: adam@gorgiaspress.com.
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Theory and Practice in Islamic Constitutionalism

From Classical Fiqh to Modern Systems
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0693-2
This groundbreaking study investigates theories of Islamic constitutionalism as expressed and implemented throughout the history of Islam. To achieve this, it first traces the roots of caliphate embedded within the seminal legal and political works of classical and modern Muslim thinkers. In its concluding chapters, the study maps out and discusses the subsequent transition of Islamic and Muslim governance into twentieth-century approaches to constitutionalism. Longo's resourceful and meticulous approach sheds new light on constitutionalism within the contemporary Muslim world and how it continues to be informed by, or departs from classical theories of Islamic and Muslim governance.

Jelena Dimitrijević

Letters from Salonika
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0641-3
An English translation of the Letters from Salonika by Jelena Dimitrijević, accompanied by a substantial critical introduction and a commentary. The book comprises author’s impressions from Salonika in the summer of 1908, in the midst of the Young Turk Revolution. The narrative focuses on the question of the “unveiling” of Muslim women, but also vividly portrays the vanished cityscape of Ottoman Salonika and gives accounts of the city’s Turkish, Jewish, Mu’min, and Greek communities.

Bethlehem's Syriac Christians

Self, nation and church in dialogue and practice
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0637-6
An anthropological study of Syriac Orthodox Christian identity in a time of displacement, upheaval, and conflict. For some Syriac Orthodox Christians in Bethlehem, their self-articulation - the means by which they connect themselves to others, things, places and symbols - is decisively influenced by their eucharistic ritual. This ritual connects being siryāni to a redeemed community or 'body', and derives its identity in large part from the Incarnation of God as an Aramaic-speaking Bethlehemite.

Middle Eastern Minorities and the Arab Spring

Identity and Community in the Twenty-First Century
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0653-6
Middle Eastern Minorities and the Arab Spring: Identity and Community in the Twenty-First Century examines eleven minority groups in the early years of the so-called Arab Spring. Wide-ranging in scope, minorities of diverse religious and ethno-linguistic backgrounds are included from North Africa, the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula. Each has experienced the Arab Spring differently and uniquely depending upon their context. Of particular concern to the international team of scholars involved in this volume, is the interaction and reaction of minorities to the protest movements across the Arab World that called for greater democratic rights and end to respective autocratic regimes. While some minorities participated in the Arab Spring, others were wary of instability and the unintended effects of regime change – notably the rise of violent Islamism. The full effects of the Arab Spring will not be known for years to come, but for the minorities of the Middle East, the immediate future seems certainly tenuous at best.

The Struggle to Define a Nation

Rethinking Religious Nationalism in the Contemporary Islamic World
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0642-0
In the present edited volume, a serious of internationally recognised scholars adopt an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of ‘religious nationalism’ and the ‘nationalization’ of religion, through focusing on case studies and the religious affiliations and denominations of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The aim of this book is to reconsider the ongoing debate between different communities of the so-called Islamic World regarding the nature of the nation and state, and the role of religion in a nation-state’s institutional ground, both as a viable integrative or segregating factor. It is through focusing on the state dimension, as the subject of collective action or socio- cultural and political representation, that the book proposes to reconsider the relationship between religion, politics and identity in the perspective of ‘religious nationalism’ and the ‘nationalization’ of religion in the contemporary Islamic World.