Shaping Global Islamic Discourses: The Role of al-Azhar, al-Medina and al-Mustafa - Exploring Muslim Contexts (Hardback)Masooda Bano (editor), Keiko Sakurai (editor), Mike Farquhar (author of contributions), Alex Thurston (author of contributions), Ann Wainscott (author of contributions), Azhari Zulkifli (author of contributions), Hiroko Kushimoto (author of contributions), Yuki Shiozaki (author of contributions)
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 31/03/2015
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Explores the influence of centres of Islamic learning in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt. It claims abound that Saudi oil money is fuelling Salafi Islam in and geographical terrains as disparate as the remote hamlets of the Swat valley in Pakistan and sprawling megacities such as Jakarta. In a similar manner, it is often regarded as a fact that Iran and the Sunni Arab states are fighting proxy wars in foreign lands. This empirically grounded study challenges the assumptions prevalent within academic as well as policy circles about hegemonic power of such Islamic discourses and movements to penetrate all Muslim communities and societies. Through case studies of academic institutions the volume illustrates how transmission of ideas is an extremely complex process, and the outcome of such efforts depends not just on the strategies adopted by backers of those ideologies but equally on the characteristics of the receipt communities. In order to understand this complex interaction between the global and local Islam and the plurality in outcomes, the volume focuses on the workings of three universities with global outreach, and whose graduating students carry the ideas acquired during their education back to their own countries, along with, in some cases, a zeal to reform their home society. It focuses on case studies of three of the most influential international centres of Islamic learning in contemporary times: Al Azhar University in Egypt, International Islamic University of Medina in Saudi Arabia, and Al Mustafa University in Iran. It traces the activities and influence of graduates in their home communities to show how ideas are transmitted from one locale to another and how this process often induces adjustments within those ideas. It takes a comparative approach with cases from North and West Africa and Southeast Asia.
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 492 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 20 mm
"Based on a close study of three leading Muslim universities, their structures, ideational orientations, syllabi and alumni and their national and global outreach, this three-part volume allows readers to go beyond a rather singular focus on madrasah education. Benefiting from some fieldwork and by utilising institutional publications, this study of al-Madinah University (IUM) in Saudi Arabia, Qorn's al-Mustafa (MIU) and Cairo's al-Azhar, this volume offers a searchlight on their varying roles across the Muslim counties and communities." -- Iftikhar H. Malik, The Muslim World Book Review
-Based on a close study of three leading Muslim universities, their structures, ideational orientations, syllabi and alumni and their national and global outreach, this three-part volume allows readers to go beyond a rather singular focus on madrasah education. Benefiting from some fieldwork and by utilising institutional publications, this study of al-Madinah University (IUM) in Saudi Arabia, Qorn's al-Mustafa (MIU) and Cairo's al-Azhar, this volume offers a searchlight on their varying roles across the Muslim counties and communities.- -- Iftikhar H. Malik, The Muslim World Book Review
"Superbly edited, this authoritative book sheds light on state-university relations, institutional strategies, student-teacher relations, and the impact of returning graduates on their home communities of three leading Islamic universities with a global footprint. Shattering the myths surrounding Islamic education today, this book is vital reading for scholars, policy makers, and a general audience." -- Dale Eickelman, Dartmouth College
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