Demystifying the caliphate: historical memory and contemporary contexts. Al- Rasheed, Madawi and Kersten, Carool and Shterin, Marat, eds. Demystifying the Caliphate. Madawi al-Rasheed, Carool Kersten and Marat Shterin (eds.) London, Hurst and Company, Pp. x + , bibliography, index. Demystifying the Caliphate sheds light on both the historical debates following the demise of the last Ottoman Caliphate and controversies.

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This provoked heated debate, and another participant called for broader comparative perspectives with other movements, such as millenarianism, albeit with caution.

More than that, these essays throw new light on the many ways in which even a mythical caliphate can exercise a powerful hold on contemporary political imaginations.

Demystifying the Caliphate

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Natural Law Anver M. From London to the Northern Caucasus, from Jakarta to Baghdad and Istanbul, contributors explore the Caliphate within the context of global and globalized publics and against the new reality of the Muslim umma as a multifaceted community.

Some see the caliphate as a glorious political institution that must be resurrected; others merely hold a nostalgic view of the caliphate as an historical institution, associating it with an imagined community and former glory.

Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed, introducing the workshop, explained that the concept has crossed borders and boundaries and today triggers fervent opinions from all quarters, despite its lack of any clear definition among discussants.


Female 8 Male 10 Participation by age: Participation numbered 18 people from 10 countries spanning North America, Europe and Asia. Academic Skip to main content.

Demystifying the Caliphate. Edited by Madawi Al-Rasheed, Carool Kersten & Marat Shterin

He is the author of Cosmopolitans and Heretics: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Contemporary Controversies in Asia Chair: Emon, Matthew Levering, and David Novak.

Carool Kersten KCL Similarly, the three intellectuals differed on whether the caliphate should be seen as an abstract theological notion or an historical institution in the succession of Demystirying. Statistical information on participants Countries of origin: Mohammad Aljishi marked it as demywtifying Aug 27, He worked for many years in the Middle East and has taught Asian history and religions in Thailand.

Later, the prominent Indonesian Muslim intellectual Nurcholish Madjid demonstrated another way of combining a pro-caliphate ideology with secularisation.

There was some discussion about the ways in which Hizb al-Tahrir and similar movements have engaged with modernity by emphasising and empowering the individual, thereby gaining recruits. Similar tensions are also apparent elsewhere. My library Help Advanced Book Search. ISBN Full text not available from this repository.

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To ask other readers questions about Demystifying the Caliphate. From London to the Caucasus, to Jakarta, Istanbul, and Baghdad, the contributors explore the concept of the Caliphate and the re-imagining of the Muslim ummah as a diverse multi-ethnic community.


As a follow-up to the workshop, the convenors have secured a contract with Hurst in partnership with Columbia University Press to publish the papers as an edited volume.

Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed Co-convened by: Baobab marked it as to-read Nov 27, Fifth, to highlight the role of European diaspora Muslims in these discourses. The Diaspora and the New Muslims. More than that, these essays throw new light on the many ways in which even a mythical caliphate can exercise a powerful hold on contemporary political imaginations.

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It is also a vastly unstable concept contested by a number of powerful actors within Europe, the Muslim world, and beyond. If you continue on this website you will be providing your consent to our use of this information.

Caliphaate workshop also highlighted the fact that the vocabulary, content and support of both historical and contemporary calls for the resurrection of the caliphate are extremely varied and highly context-driven.