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By Cemil Aydin | Comments: ( 450 ) | Date: ( Nov 21, 2019 )

When President Barack Obama visited Cairo in 2009 to deliver an address to Muslims worldwide, he followed in the footsteps of countless politicians who have taken the existence of a unified global Muslim community for granted But as Cemil Aydin explains in this provocative history, it is a misconception to think that the world s 1.5 billion Muslims constitute a single relWhen President Barack Obama visited Cairo in 2009 to deliver an address to Muslims worldwide, he followed in the footsteps of countless politicians who have taken the existence of a unified global Muslim community for granted But as Cemil Aydin explains in this provocative history, it is a misconception to think that the world s 1.5 billion Muslims constitute a single religio political entity How did this belief arise, and why is it so widespread The Idea of the Muslim World searches for the intellectual origins of a mistaken notion and explains its enduring allure for non Muslims and Muslims alike.Conceived as the antithesis of Western Christian civilization, the idea of the Muslim world emerged in the late nineteenth century, when European empires ruled the majority of Muslims It was inflected from the start by theories of white supremacy, but Muslims had a hand in shaping the idea as well Aydin reveals the role of Muslim intellectuals in envisioning and essentializing an idealized pan Islamic society that refuted claims of Muslims racial and civilizational inferiority.After playing a key role in the politics of the Ottoman Caliphate, the idea of the Muslim world survived decolonization and the Cold War, and took on new force in the late twentieth century Standing at the center of both Islamophobic and pan Islamic ideologies, the idea of the Muslim world continues to hold the global imagination in a grip that will need to be loosened in order to begin a fruitful discussion about politics in Muslim societies today.


  • Title: The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History
  • Author: Cemil Aydin
  • ISBN: 9780674050372
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Hardcover

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Comments The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History

  • Murtaza

    Many Muslims and non-Muslims today take for granted the existence of a coherent and timeless "Muslim world," either asserting its existence in the present, or aspiring to return to it through a project of political unity. But in reality, not only has no such Muslim world ever existed, the whole concept of such an entity was the conscientious creation of both Islamophobes and pan-Islamists during the WW1-era imperial period. When "Muslim" was created as a racial category, the idea of a "Muslim wo [...]


  • Hadrian

    Proposes the idea of the 'Muslim World' is comparatively recent in origin - largely from the colonial period of the 19th century and the advent of 'scientific racism'. Yet in response, Muslim intellectuals advocated pan-Islamic ideas in the hope of a more concerted response to foreign influence.


  • Rajat Yadav

    This book is a pretty dense read if you want to explore the premise of every example and inference used. What really attracted me towards reading it is that the book explores the farcical notion of ancient demand for a Muslim caliphate, and rebuts the idea with tons of examples. The book speaks of how an Imperial hegemony over dissemination of geopolitical ideas has confused the world post the imperial age into believing that there has always been a semblance of unity among the muslim nations, w [...]


  • JB

    A somewhat decent treatment of the issue of the "Muslim world," which - although Aydin doesn't spend as much effort in clearly defining and delineating his terms as the reader might like - is taken to refer to "a global Muslim community" existing in sufficient religio-political unity to be treated as a united demographic with common interests. Aydin's key thesis, that "Muslims did not imagine belonging to a global political unity until the peak of European hegemony in the late nineteenth century [...]


  • Abdelrahman Mahmoud

    In brief, the book tackles and problematizes the notion of the Muslim world, its emergence, entanglement with contemporary intellectual and political developments, demise, and continual resurgence over a period of 150 years. His contention that Pan-islamism and islamic nationalism survived the caliphate in part because they addressed continuing problems encapsulates the gist of his overall argument. Overall, his well-argued position decidedly debunks the historical myth that the late 19th and ea [...]


  • Levent Mollamustafaoglu

    Somewhat interesting but has a simple premise: There was no unified concept of a "Mulsim World" before the 1980's, so this concept can not be explained as a root cause of the terrorism of today.OK but not so creative.


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