Aus unseren Neuerwerbungen – Sprachen und Kulturen Asiens, Afrikas und Ozeaniens 2021.7

Islam, State, and Moder­ni­ty: Mohammed Abed al-Jabri and the Future of the Arab World
BuchcoverThis book offers the first com­pre­hen­sive intro­duc­tion to one of the most sig­nif­i­cant Arab thinkers of the late 20th cen­tu­ry and the ear­ly 21st cen­tu­ry: the Moroc­can philoso­pher and social the­o­rist Mohammed Abed al-Jabri. With his intel­lec­tu­al and polit­i­cal engage­ment, al-Jabri has influ­enced the devel­op­ment of a mod­ern read­ing of the Islam­ic tra­di­tion in the broad Arab-Islam­ic world and has been, in recent years, sub­ject to an increas­ing inter­est among Mus­lims and non-Mus­lim schol­ars, social activists and lay men. The con­trib­u­tors to this vol­ume read al-Jabri with ref­er­ence to promi­nent past Arab-Mus­lim schol­ars, such as Ibn Rushd, al-Ghaz­a­li, al-Shat­i­bi, and Ibn Khal­dun, as well as con­tem­po­rary Arab philoso­phers, like Has­san Hanafi, Abdel­lah Laroui, George Tara­bishi, Taha Abder­rah­mane; they engage with var­i­ous aspects of his intel­lec­tu­al project, and trace his influ­ence in non-Arab-Islam­ic lands, like Indone­sia, as well. His analy­sis of Arab thought since the 1970s as a har­bin­ger analy­sis of the ongo­ing “Arab Spring upris­ing” remains rel­e­vant for today’s polit­i­cal chal­lenges in the region.
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Per­sianate selves: mem­o­ries of place and ori­gin before nation­al­ism
BuchcoverFor cen­turies, Per­sian was the lan­guage of pow­er and learn­ing across Cen­tral, South, and West Asia, and Per­sians received a par­tic­u­lar basic edu­ca­tion through which they under­stood and engaged with the world. Not every­one who lived in the land of Iran was Per­sian, and Per­sians lived in many oth­er lands as well. Thus to be Per­sian was to be embed­ded in a set of con­nec­tions with peo­ple we today con­sid­er mem­bers of dif­fer­ent groups. Per­sianate self­hood encom­passed a broad­er range of pos­si­bil­i­ties than con­tem­po­rary nation­al­ist claims to place and ori­gin allow. We can­not grasp these old­er con­nec­tions with­out his­tori­ciz­ing our con­cep­tions of dif­fer­ence and affil­i­a­tion.
Mana Kia sketch­es the con­tours of a larg­er Per­sianate world, his­tori­ciz­ing place, ori­gin, and self­hood through its tra­di­tion of prop­er form: adab. In this shared cul­ture, prox­im­i­ties and sim­i­lar­i­ties con­sti­tut­ed a log­ic that dis­tin­guished between peo­ple while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly accom­mo­dat­ing plu­ral­i­ty. Adab was the basis of cohe­sion for self and com­mu­ni­ty over the tur­bu­lent eigh­teenth cen­tu­ry, as pop­u­la­tions dis­persed and cen­ters of pow­er shift­ed, dis­rupt­ing the cir­cu­la­tions that linked Per­sianate regions. Chal­leng­ing the bases of pro­to­na­tion­al­ist com­mu­ni­ty, Per­sianate Selves seeks to make sense of an ear­li­er tran­sre­gion­al Per­sianate cul­ture out­side the anachro­nis­tic shad­ow of nation­alisms.
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