Islamicate Societies

Islamicate Societies : A Case Study of Egypt and Muslim India Modernization, Colonial Rule, and the Aftermath

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The book can be used as a textbook for the courses in the Islamic Studies at the undergraduate and graduate level. The unique feature of this book, unlike other books on the subject, is that it combines and presents a complete picture of the 'Islamicate' nature of the Egyptian and Muslim Indian societies by demonstrating the changes that took place in various aspects under the impact of the West and colonial rule. The book would potentially find currency in Muslim countries, especially in Egypt and the Indo-Pakistan more

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073916581X
  • 9780739165812

Review quote

At a time when Islamic identities are contested in the Muslim world, Husain Kassim's Islamicate Societies argues that, in the cases of Egypt and Muslim India, insufficient attention has been paid to the impact of colonialism. Both modernizing trends that reject the colonial past and attempts to return to pre-colonial forms of Islamic identity are unlikely to succeed. With insight, Kassim sifts and sorts what a sound recovery of the colonial past entails for Islamic identities, a project with implications that reach far and wide within and beyond Muslim communities. -- John K. Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College Professor Kassim's comparative study examines the process in which outside powers, through their colonial policies, change the internal dynamics of Muslims in India and Egypt. The book is an attempt to understand the transition from Islamic to Islamicate identity. The author's creative use of the term 'Islamicate' is most interesting and will surely cause healthy debates among scholars of Islam. As such, the book will surely be of interest to students of history, philosophy and sociology of Islam. -- Hakan Ozoglu, University of Central Florida Husain Kassim's study is a much-needed analysis of the question of the relationship between culture, religion, and social structures within Egypt and India. His appropriation of the term "Islamicate" drives a wedge between religious accounts of society and accounts in which religion stands in for forces of modernization and colonialism. His thesis is provocative - that colonialism ushered in a transformation of Islamic social thought through the introduction of Western ideas and modern institutions, and this change produced a crisis of identity in these cultures. This crisis extends to every institution in society, from social and political to legal, cultural, and religious. The result, the 'Islamicate' society, is a new object of social and philosophical analysis and the basis for this compelling and persuasive comparative study. Kassim's synoptic historical and cultural analysis deserves close attention. -- Bruce B. Janz, University of Central Floridashow more

About Husain Kassim

Dr. Husain Kassim is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida. He has also taught as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Bremen, the Fulbright-University of Salzburg Distinguish Chair in Intercultural Theology and Religion, and as a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Karachi. Dr. Kassim's areas of specialization are Islamic Studies, Islamic Law and Medieval Philosophy. He is the author of Sarkhsi: The Doctrine of Juristic Preference in Islamic Jurisprudence, Aristotle and Aristotelianism in Medieval Muslim, Jewish and Christian Philosophy, and Legitimizing Modernity in Islam: Muslim Modus Vivendi and Western Modernity as well as several articles on similar more

Table of contents

Introduction: What this study is about Chapter 1: The Historical Landscape of Egypt and Muslim India as Islamic Societies Prior to Colonial Rule Chapter 2: Shifting Identities: The 'Islamicate' Societies of Egypt, Muslim India (Pakistan), Muslims in India, and its Aftermath Chapter 3: Ethnicity and Minorities Chapter 4: Transformation of Traditional Islamic Language and Literature into a Modern 'Islamicate' Literature Chapter 5: Legal System and Judicial Institutions of Egypt and Muslim India Chapter 6: Education, Educational System and Islamization Project of Knowledge Chapter 7:An 'Islamicate' Woman: Gender Relations and Women's Rightsshow more