Demystifying the Caliphate: Historical Memory and Contemporary Contexts

Hardcover | December 25, 2012

EditorMadawi Al-Rasheed, Carool Kersten, Marat Shterin

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In Western popular imagination, the Caliphate often conjures up an array of negative images, while rallies organised in support of resurrecting the Caliphate are treated with a mixture of apprehension and disdain, as if they were the first steps towards usurping democracy. Yet these images andperceptions have little to do with reality. While some Muslims may be nostalgic for the Caliphate, only very few today seek to make that dream come true. Yet the Caliphate can be evoked as a powerful rallying call and a symbol that draws on an imagined past and longing for reproducing or emulatingit as an ideal Islamic polity. The Caliphate today is a contested concept among many actors in the Muslim world, Europe and beyond, the reinvention and imagining of which may appear puzzling to most of us. Demystifying the Caliphate sheds light on both the historical debates following the demise of the last Ottoman Caliphate andcontroversies surrounding recent calls to resurrect it, transcending alarmist agendas to answer fundamental questions about why the memory of the Caliphate lingers on among diverse Muslims. From London to the Caucasus, to Jakarta, Istanbul, and Baghdad, the contributors explore the concept of theCaliphate and the re-imagining of the Muslim ummah as a diverse multi-ethnic community.

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In Western popular imagination, the Caliphate often conjures up an array of negative images, while rallies organised in support of resurrecting the Caliphate are treated with a mixture of apprehension and disdain, as if they were the first steps towards usurping democracy. Yet these images andperceptions have little to do with reality....

Madawi Al-Rasheed is Professor of Anthropology of Religion at King's College London. Carool Kersten is Lecturer in Islamic Studies at King's College London. He has a PhD in the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), an MA in Arabic Language and Culture and a Certificate in Southeast Asian Studies. ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 5.71 × 8.58 × 1.18 inPublished:December 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199327955

ISBN - 13:9780199327959

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