Shaping Global Islamic Discourses

Friday, 10 April 2015

Shaping Global Islamic Discourses – a new book from Masooda Bano challenges current assumptions about the power of Islamic movements to penetrate Muslim societies.

Published in March 2015 and co-edited with Keiko Sakurai, Shaping Global Islamic Discourses: The Role of Al-Azhar, Al-Medina, and Al-Mustafa investigates the complex interaction between the global and local Islam and the plurality in outcomes.

Through case studies of selected academic institutions, and taking a comparative approach with cases from Africa and Southeast Asia, the volume illustrates how transmission of ideas is an extremely complex process, and how the outcome of such efforts depends not just on the strategies adopted by backers of those ideologies but equally on the characteristics of the receipt communities.

"Makes a serious contribution to ongoing debates about the changing nature of authority and the shifting discourse on Islam in the modern world through masterful case studies the examine how the global is negotiated in the local." (Sajjad H Rizvi, University of Exeter)

"Superbly edited, this authoritative book sheds light on state-university relations, institutional strategies, student-teacher relations, and the impact of returning graduates on their home communities of three leading Islamic universities with a global footprint. Shattering the myths surrounding Islamic education today, this book is vital reading for scholars, policy makers, and a general audience." (Dale Eickelman, Dartmouth College)