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Isma'ili Modern : Globalization and Identity in a Muslim Community - Jonah Steinberg

Isma'ili Modern

Globalization and Identity in a Muslim Community

Paperback Published: 17th January 2011
ISBN: 9780807871652
Number Of Pages: 256

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"This is a fascinating and unrivaled account of transnational Isma'ilism. Steinberg admirably brings together globalization theories and fascinating ethnographic material to produce a rich narrative of this interesting community. It will be the most important account of contemporary Isma'ilism yet published." --- Faisal Devji, author of The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics

"Jonah Steinberg's ethnographic accounts of meetings and encounters with Isma'ilis are fascinating and valuable, giving voice to the actors with respect to ethnicity, language, and religion. An incredibly innovative and provocative book." --- John Richard Bowen, author of Religions in Practice: An Approach to the Anthropology of Religion

The Isma'ili Muslims, a major sect of Shi'i Islam, form a community that is intriguing in its deterritorialized social organization. Informed by the richness of Isma'ili history, theories of transnationalism and globalization, and firsthand ethnographic fieldwork in the Himalayan regions of Tajikistan and Pakistan as well as in Europe, Jonah Steinberg investigates Isma'ili Muslims and the development of their remarkable and expansive twenty-first-century global structures.

Led by a charismatic European-based hereditary imam, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, global Isma'ili organizations make available an astonishing array of services --- social, economic, political, and religious --- to some three to five million subjects stretching from Afghanistan to England, from Pakistan to Tanzania. Steinberg argues that this intricate and highly integrated network enables a new kind of shared identity and citizenship, one that goes well beyond the sense of community maintained by other diasporic populations. Of note in this process is the rapid assimilation in the postcolonial period of once-isolated societies into the intensively centralized Isma'ili structure. Also remarkable is the Isma'ilis' self-presentation, contrary to common characterizations of Islam in the mass media, as a Muslim society that is broadly sympathetic to capitalist systems, opposed to fundamentalism, and distinctly modern in orientation. Steinberg's unique journey into remote mountain regions highlights today's rapidly shifting meanings of citizenship, faith, and identity and reveals their global scale.

Industry Reviews

Steinberg has contributed much to the scholarly community's knowledge of this little-known Islamic sect, and done so in an unbiased manner. For this he is to be lauded.--Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians

Steinberg provides valuable insight into the dynamic complexity of identity, faith, and citizenship among one Muslim sect in today's global world. Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.--Choice

[A] pioneering study.--Times Literary Supplement

Steinberg demonstrates a strikingly thorough knowledge of Isma'ilism.--American Ethnologist

With a strong theoretical base. . . Steinberg develops a nuanced portrait. . . . A well-researched and strongly theorized work.--Contemporary Islam

Steinberg expands his investigation to the very meaning of human sociopolitical organization, sovereignty, subjectivity, territoriality, citizenship, affiliation, and self-presentation in the transforming globalized sphere of human relations.--Middle East Journal

A significant contribution to scholarship on Isma'ili Islam.--MESA

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction: Beyond Territorialityp. 1
Antecedents and Precursors: The Historical Contexts of Isma'ili Globalizationp. 33
Fluid Cartographies: Isma'ili Institutions in Global Contextp. 59
Universalizing Isma'ilism: Institutionalities of Devotion and Regimes of Standardizationp. 87
Into the Fold: Himalayan Borderlands and Isma'ili Modernityp. 107
Living Globality: Local Modes of Transnational Experiencep. 143
Conclusion: Decoding Globality: Modern Isma'ilism and the Institutional Encounterp. 193
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780807871652
ISBN-10: 0807871656
Series: Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17th January 2011
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Type: New edition