Special Issue "Contemporary Muslim Thought and Identity"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 January 2022) | Viewed by 24036
Interests: contemporary Islamic and Sufi thought and identity; women and Islam
After a brief introductory article by the Guest Editors, this Special Issue of Religions opens with Dr. Besnik Sinani exploring the question of an emerging post-Salafism in Saudi Arabia, as leading Salafi thinkers seek to reform Salafism in light of recent political and sectarian developments in the Middle East. Following this, we turn to global traditionalist Sunni responses to Salafi critiques, or what Dr. Jason Idriss Sparkes refers to as “Traditional Islam”, with a particular focus on Morocco’s role in this contemporary Islamic movement. Both “post-Salafism” and “Traditional Islam” are, in some respects, responses to the global rise of Islamophobia. For Muslims in majority non-Muslim contexts, such as China, India, America, and Europe, questions of identity are often framed by anti-Muslim policies and politics. Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam, Dr. Sanobar Umar, and Shweta Desai offer a case study of how Islamophobia functions online and in person in India, within the context of a growing Hindu nationalism. Some contemporary expressions of Islam also seek to draw the boundaries between Muslims and non-Muslims more starkly. Dr. Chaiwat Satha-Anand provides a study of what he calls “restrictive Islam” in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, where Muslims have had to negotiate purist perspectives and political realities, especially during recent pandemic years. In addition, the establishment of global Shi’a networks represents another example of attempts to reclaim Islam from both rival claimants and detractors, as Dr. Sahir Dewji outlines in his work on the Nizari Isma’ili community’s efforts to promote a pluralistic, cosmopolitan Islam. We conclude this Special Issue with Dr. Natasha Bakht’s exploration of the politics of veiling in liberal democracies in North America and Europe. Bakht foregrounds the voices of women who wear the face veil as a form of religious agency in contexts that are frequently oppositional to their embodied expression of Islamic practice. Together, these articles offer insights into some of the key issues and controversies shaping contemporary Muslim thought and identity in diverse global contexts.
Dr. Meena Sharify-Funk
Dr. Rory Dickson
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