Islam in World Cultures (Hardcover)
Comparative Perspectives (Religion in Contemporary Cultures)
ABC-CLIO, 9781576075166, 387pp.
Publication Date: October 26, 2004
Contemporary treatments of Islam focus on the Middle East; they treat the beliefs and people of that region as representing all of Islam. At most they emphasize the differences between Muslim groups--Sunni vs. Shia, for instance--while overlooking the even greater differences that result from region-specific cultural and political pressures.
Islam in World Cultures gathers the work of ten eminent scholars, each of whom has expertise in the Muslim culture of a particular country or geographical area. Individual chapters explore contemporary developments in the Islamic experience in Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Central Asia, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Ethiopia, and the United States. This broad treatment provides an introduction to the full range of issues relating to Islam in the context of globalization.