A Modern History of the Islamic World provides a clear overview of the ways in which twentieth century modernism affected the societies of the Islamic world and how modernism was developed from an Islamic perspective.
The Islamic world, defined as those regions in which Islam is the dominant or single most important religion–covers territories as far apart as Morocco and Indonesia, Somalia, and Bosnia and includes an extraordinary range of societies and cultures. In A Modern History of the Islamic World, eminent scholar Reinhard Schulze charts the history of these societies in the twentieth century, revealing what they have in common as well as their equally profound differences.
Rather than stringing together individual studies of different countries, the book is structured chronologically, tracing political change in the context of culture and society. Schulze opens with a survey of the impact of colonialism and its attendant modernizing effects on the Islamic world. He then moves on to examine the rise of bourgeois nationalism in the 1920s and 1930s, the era of independence movements, the relationship between Islamic cultures and the “republican” political culture of the Third World, the reassertion of Islamic ideologies in the 1970s and 1980s and, finally, the issues surrounding the relationship between Islamic culture and civil society that dominated debate in the 1990s.
About the Author
Reinhard Schulze is a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Bern. His research interests include Islamic history, culture and knowledge; Islamic religious history; social and cultural history of modern and contemporary in the Islamic world; contemporary Islamic political cultures; Orientalism and the history of Islamic studies. He undertook studies from 1974 to 1981 in Oriental and Islamic studies as well as Romance languages and linguistics at the University of Bonn. Schulze has held professorship positions at the University of Bonn, Ruhr University in Bochum and University of Bamberg. Current research projects include: socialization of Islam versus Islamization; self-interpretation and self-construction of Pakistani military personnel; social governance of Islam in Switzerland; and Tunisian youth and the Tunisian revolution in 2011.
Title: A Modern History of the Islamic World
ٍAuthor: Reinhard Schulze
Publisher: Gardners Books
Length: 400 pages
Pub. Date: February 28, 2002