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Faisal Devji and Zaheer Kazmi

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190851279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190851279.001.0001

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The Dissonant Politics of Religion, Circulation and Civility in the Sociology of Islam

The Dissonant Politics of Religion, Circulation and Civility in the Sociology of Islam

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(p.125) 6 The Dissonant Politics of Religion, Circulation and Civility in the Sociology of Islam
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Islam after Liberalism
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Armando Salvatore

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190851279.003.0007

This chapter explores how the sociology of Islam can contribute to moving beyond looking at Muslim politics through the imperial and post-imperial lenses of Islam vs liberalism. Combining Marshall Hodgson’s sociologically nuanced narrative of the “venture of Islam” in history and a reinterpretation of Norbert Elias’ civilizing process, the study rearticulates Muslim politics in history as inherently rejecting those lenses. This is a type of politics investing in circulation rather than of drawing and policing the boundaries of polities, self-regulating selves, and domesticating and subjecting others. Far from nostalgically proposing a pre-Westphalian idyll immune to the dilemmas of how to cope with the aporias of liberalism, this contribution spells out how we can rebalance our political heuristics by investing in a sociological commentary on the virtues of transborder connectedness and global civility.

Keywords:   Sociology of Islam, Muslim politics, Islam, Liberalism, Marshall Hodgson, Venture of Islam, Norbert Elias, Transborder connectedness, Global civility

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