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Mullahs on the Mainframe

Islam and Modernity among the Daudi Bohras

Jonah Blank


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In Jonah Blank's important, myth-shattering book, the West gets its first look at the Daudi Bohras, a unique Muslim denomination who have found the core of their religious beliefs largely compatible with modern ideology. Combining orthodox Muslim prayer, dress, and practice with secular education, relative gender equality, and Internet use, this community serves as a surprising reminder that the central values of "modernity" are hardly limited to the West.

University of Chicago Press, 9780226056777, 426pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2002

About the Author

Jonah Blank, an anthropologist and journalist, is South Asia policy advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God: Retracing the Ramayana through India.