A MODERN HISTORY OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD
The Islamic World — comprising those countries where Islam is the dominant or single most important religion — covers territories as far apart as Morocco and Indonesia, Somalia and Bosnia, and includes an extraordinarily diverse range of societies and cultures. A Modern History of the Islamic World provides a comprehensive history of these societies in the twentieth century, looking both at what they have in common and at their equally profound differences. Political change provides the chronological framework but is explored throughout in the context of culture and society. Opening with a survey of the impact of colonialism and its attendant modernism on the Islamic world, the eminent scholar Reinhard Schulze moves onto examine the rise of bourgeois nationalism in the 1920s and 1930s. He charts the era of the independence movements (1939—58) and the complex relationship between Islamic cultures and the ‘republican’ political culture of the Third World (1955—73). Schulze demonstrates how the reassertion of Islamic ideologies in the 1970s and 1980s — and the issues surrounding the relationship between Islamic culture and civil society have dominated debate throughout the 1990s.
Publisher: I.B.TAURIS PUBLISHERS LONDON