1887

n Acta Academica - A new anthropology of Islam, J.R. Bowen : book review

Volume 46, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0587-2405

Abstract

In the central thesis of his seminal book, , Samuel Huntington viewed the transformation of conflict from national interests or realist terms towards greater focus on cleavages between civilisations. In the process, Huntington laid out a singular, monolithic, almost unchanging Islamic civilisation. This, however, is as far from reality as possible. In this penetrating study, esteemed anthropologist John Bowen lucidly demonstrates that there are many different 'Islams' as Muslims from Asia, Africa and Western Europe have adapted Islamic texts and traditions to ideas and conditions in the societies in which they live. In the process, Bowen advances an understanding of Islam as it is lived and understood by Muslims. Such understanding is never more needed as sectarian strife between Muslims and Christians and between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims continues to take a heavy death toll of the innocent.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/academ/46/1/EJC154044
2014-01-01
2019-11-20

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error