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The Idea of the Muslim World

A Global Intellectual History

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674050372

Publication: April 2017

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304 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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Thoughtful and provocative… Aydin skillfully recounts the complex web of relationships that existed between and among European Christian and Muslim nations before the 19th century, in which religious affiliation played no predictable role as a unifying, rallying factor… This is a carefully argued book that will provoke specialists and nonspecialists alike to revisit commonly held assumptions about the nature of relations between ‘Islam and the West’ in the past, present, and future… The author’s masterly historical survey drives home the point that, in the past, shared values and interests rather than shared religion typically allowed for the creation of alliances among people from varied backgrounds. Those are exactly the kinds of alliances that need to be forged today.—Asma Afsaruddin, Chronicle of Higher Education

In Aydin’s telling, the idea of the Muslim world began in response to imperial racism, not to empire itself.—Yasmine Seale, Harper’s

[A] timely book… It is here that Aydin’s book proves so valuable: by revealing how the racial, civilizational, and political biases that emerged in the nineteenth century shape contemporary visions of the Muslim world, within and beyond it.—Anver M. Emon and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, Foreign Affairs

Aydin upends the common view that the West and Islam are unavoidably in conflict in this crisp history of modern Islamic international relations. He argues the notion of a unified, global Muslim community was not present until Western imperialism and racism forced a defensive posture from Muslims… This is a solid work for college classrooms and scholars on the history of global Muslim consciousness and our current world.Publishers Weekly

The Idea of the Muslim World is an original and important book. Aydin provides a global lens for viewing the ways in which modernity has shaped both Muslims’ understandings of their global role, and the ways in which we understand the place of Muslims in the world.—Edmund Burke III, author of The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam

Aydin captures the formation and evolution of our reference to ‘the Muslim world’ and how this phrase came to prominence in everyday discourse. In eight superb chapters, he frames the Muslim world, and by implication Islam, as a cultural and civilizational tradition within a defined historical and political framework. A tour de force.—Ebrahim Moosa, author of What Is a Madrasa?