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:
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The Many Faces of Iranian Modernity

Sufism and Subjectivity in the Safavid and Qajar Periods
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4237-4
This study into both reformism and mysticism demonstrates both that mystical rhetoric appeared regularly in supposedly anti-mystical modernist writing and that nineteenth- and twentieth-century Sufis actually addressed questions of intellectual and political reform in their writing, despite the common assertion that they were irrationally traditional and politically quietist.

Intellectual Currents and the Practice of Engagement

Ottoman and Algerian Writers in a Francophone Milieu, 1890-1914
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4239-8
The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw a great increase in the use of the printed word and the press by non-European actors to express and disseminate ideas and to participate in the intellectual life of both their home societies and a wider international context. This book examines the French-language writings of Ottoman and Algerian writers between 1890 and 1914.

Living the Quran with Joy and Purpose

Selections on Tawhid from Said Nursi's Epistles of Light
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4269-5
The current volume is an annotated translation of selections from a noteworthy Muslim theologian Said Nursi (1876-1960) on the Quranic theme of oneness of God (tawhid). Given the scarcity of theological themes in Islamic literature in English as well as the lack of studies on Said Nursi, who wrote in Ottoman Turkish, the book is an important contribution to the field. It offers a contemporary peek into the view that faith in God could be profoundly meaningful and fulfilling spiritual path.

Bethlehem's Syriac Christians (paperback)

Self, nation and church in dialogue and practice
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4282-4
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.

Chinese Heirs to Muhammad

Writing Islamic History in Early Modern China
ISBN: 978-1-4632-3925-1
How was the past imagined by Hui Muslims in late nineteenth and early twentieth century China? Chen argues that this was a productive time for historical thought, bookended by the establishment of a robust Sino-Islamic knowledge base by Liu Zhi on one end and Republican China on the other end. This book explores histories that unify vast stretches of time and place: from genesis to the modern era, from Arabia to China. Hui historians create narratives that transform China into an Islamic space and Islam into a Chinese religion.

Rewriting Islamic Law

The Opinions of the 'Ulamā' Towards Codification of Personal Status Law in Egypt
ISBN: 978-1-4632-3908-4
This book explores the process, effects, and results of codification of Egyptian personal status laws as seen through the eyes of the ‘ulamā’. The codification process began in the mid-1800s and continued until the abolishment of the Sharī‘a courts in 1955 with the absorption of personal status statutes into the newly drafted civil code and the national courts that administered them.