Globalization and Identity in a Muslim Community
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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The list of people who were essential in bringing this book to life is too long to enumerate; any attempt to acknowledge all who helped me will necessarily fall short. I owe a great deal to Greg Urban, Asif Agha, Brian Spooner, Bruce Grant, and Stephen Hopkins, as well as to countless colleagues at the University of Vermont. ...
Introduction: Beyond Territoriality
The organizational dynamics of the Ismaʿili Muslim community raise important questions about the nature of citizenship and political identity at this moment in history. They present a basic challenge to theoretical and popular understandings of the state, of globalization, and of Islam. ...
One: Antecedents and Precursors: The Historical Contexts of Isma'ili Globalization
The role of leadership, succession, and schism in the history of Islam warrants careful (albeit brief) consideration here.1 It is only through an understanding of these processes that the story of Ismaʿilism can be fully explained. At almost every historical moment, how the Ismaʿili community defined and redefined itself revolved around questions of succession ...
Two: Fluid Cartographies: Isma'ili Institutions in Global Context
No instrument has been more significant for the unification and consolidation of disparate communities under a single Ismaʿili banner than the construction of common institutions. These institutions provide the basis for a shared experience despite diverse cultural backgrounds and help develop a sense of commonality or “simultaneity” (see Anderson 1991). ...
Three: Universalizing Isma'ilism: Institutionalities of Devotion and Regimes of Standardization
Constituting its own separate sphere in the social life of the Ismaʿili transnational structure is a complex of formal institutions whose job is to provide religious advice and to prescribe and regulate proper religious practice. Among the most important of these institutions is the Ismaʿili Tariqah Religious Education Board (ITREB), ...
Four: Into the Fold: Himalayan Borderlands and Isma'ili Modernity
My perspective to this point has been bound by Ismaʿili institutional structures; I have explored Ismaʿili life so far entirely from within their boundaries. I now shift my perspective from the institutions themselves to their messier, more complex cultural contexts: to the localities they inhabit, the moments they effect, and the subjects they engage. ...
Five: Living Globality: Local Modes of Transnational Experience
It is in certain moments, and in the spaces they occupy, that the intersection between violence, identity, the global assemblage, and the state comes into its clearest resolution. In such fleeting settings as conferences or children’s plays, suddenly the meaning of the Ismaʿili arrival in remote borderlands comes into focus and begins to make sense. ...
Conclusion: Decoding Globality: Modern Isma'ilism and the Institutional Encounter
What is the form and meaning of the mosaic that begins now to come into resolution? Certainly something remarkable is embodied in Ismaʿili globality. But the evidence is scattered and fragmentary. It might help to return once again to the question of the subject. ...
Page Count: 256
Illustrations: 2 line drawings, 1 map
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks
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