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Modern Islamic Authority and Social Change, Volume 2

Evolving Debates in the West

Edited by Masooda Bano

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A comparative analysis of key Islamic authority platforms and their debates

At the turn of the twenty-first century, scholarship and policy debate on Islam and Muslim societies has come to focus primarily on Islam’s ability to make young Muslims gravitate towards anti-modernity movements. Many attribute Islamic militancy, as well as the general socio-economic and political stagnation experienced in some Muslim societies, to Islamic theological or legal dictates. Yet Islamic scholarly tradition is highly pluralistic, and today’s leading Islamic authority structures are developing competing conceptual and methodological approaches which vary greatly in their ability to engage with societal change.

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List of Tables and Maps
A Note on Transliteration and Spelling
Introduction, Masooda Bano

Section 1: Neo-Traditionalists
1. Zaytuna College and the Construction of an American Muslim Identity, Nathan Spannaus and Pooya Razavian
2. The Neo-Traditionalism of Tim Winter, Pooya Razavian

Section 2: Neo-Legalists
3. From ‘Islamization of Knowledge’ to ‘American Islam’: the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Nathan Spannaus
4. Transformative Islamic Reform: Tariq Ramadan and the Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), Nathan Spannaus

Section 3: Neo-Conservatives
5. Yasir Qadhi and the Development of Reasonable Salafism, Pooya Razavian
6. New Deobandi Institutions in the West, Pooya Razavian and Nathan Spannaus

About the Author

Masooda Bano is Associate Professor in the Oxford Department of International Development, and Senior Golding Fellow, Brasenose College, University of Oxford. She is author of The Rational Believer: Choices and Decisions in the Madrasas of Pakistan (2012) and Female Islamic Education Movements: The Re-Democratisation of Islamic Knowledge (2017), and co-editor of Women, Leadership and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority (2012) and Shaping Global Islamic Discourses: The Role of al-Azhar, al-Medina, and al-Mustafa (Edinburgh University Press, 2015, 2017).

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