Muslim Societies and the Challenge of Secularization: An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Gabriele Marranci

Part of the Muslims in Global Societies Series book series (MGSS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Debating Islam, Secularism, Democracy and Muslim Polity

  3. Secularization and Dynamics of Muslim Lives in Glocalised Contexts

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 257-261

About this book


Is Islam compatible with democracy and the West? How do Muslim communities understand the concept of the secular? How have contemporary Islamic scholars addressed the topic and why? How does living in a secularized context affect the everyday lives of Muslim women living in the west? What about the so-called 'secular' Muslims? These and other questions are discussed in Muslim Societies and the Challenge of Secularization: An Interdisciplinary Approach. A timely collection which, for the first time, explores these themes from a strong interdisciplinary approach.

This book provides theoretical and ethnographic discussion of both the experience of Muslims vis-a-vis the idea of the secular as well as the revival of the discourse of secularism within the western context. Through its interdisciplinary approach and the case studies of different Muslim communities, this book avoids some of the clichés and essentialism which often affect the analysis of secularization and Islam. The collection aims to open a discussion and provide glimpses into current studies on the topic.


Globalisation Islam Muslim societies Muslim women Muslims Politics Religion Secularism Secularization Tariq Ramadan globalization immigrants sociology veil

Editors and affiliations

  • Gabriele Marranci
    • 1
  1. 1.Asia Research InstituteNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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