Islam on the Street: Religion in Modern Arabic Literature by Muhsin Al-musawiIslam on the Street: Religion in Modern Arabic Literature by Muhsin Al-musawi

Islam on the Street: Religion in Modern Arabic Literature

byMuhsin Al-musawi

Paperback | August 25, 2011

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Islam on the Street deals with the popular side of Islam, as described not only in tracts and manuals written by Sufi shaykhs and Islamist thinkers from among the more militant groups in Islam, but also in writings by other, more secular thinkers who have also influenced public opinion. A scholar of Arabic literature, Muhsin al-Musawi explains the growing rift that has occurred between the secular intellectual-the forerunner of Arab and Islamic modernity since the late nineteenth century-and the upsurge of Islamic fervor in the street, at the grassroots level, and what these secular intellectuals can do to reconnect with the masses.Using some of the most important Arabic and Islamic poetry, prose, and fiction to come out of the twentieth century, Al-Musawi provides context for the complex images of Arab and Islamic culture given by the various social, religious, and political groups, providing the motivations. Readers interested in the influence of religion and secularism within modern Islamic Arabic literature will find that the author addresses the presence of Islam and Sufism in ways that secular commentators have been incapable of doing.
Muhsin al-Musawi is professor of Arabic literature at Columbia University.
Title:Islam on the Street: Religion in Modern Arabic LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.05 × 6.13 × 0.66 inPublished:August 25, 2011Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0742562077

ISBN - 13:9780742562073


Table of Contents

Preface: Islam in Literary ProductionChapter 1: Roads Not Taken: Arab Modernity and the Loose Ties with the StreetChapter 2: Before Bidding Farewell: What do Narratives of Education Say?Chapter 3: The Religious Dynamic: Recruitments in Political VacuumChapter 4: Mass Culture NarrativesChapter 5: In the Aftermath of Failures: The Reliance on Popular Religious PoliticsChapter 6: The Search for IslamChapter 7: The Bifurcated Poetic: Islam as PoetryConclusionsIndex

Editorial Reviews

This extremely rich study, based on an extensive knowledge of modern Arabic literature, presents a persuasive portrait of the ideological shifts that have governed this field over the past century. The critique of Arab secular modernism is refreshing and original, and the level of nuance and sophistication is largely unprecedented. A marvelous and comprehensive treatment of the culture of 'the street' in Arab countries.