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  • Islam in the World Today: A Handbook of Politics, Religion, Culture, and Society
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  • edited by Werner Ende and Udo Steinbach
  • 2010
  • Published by: Cornell University Press
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Considered the most authoritative single-volume reference work on Islam in the contemporary world, the German-language Der Islam in der Gegenwart, currently in its fifth edition, offers a wealth of authoritative information on the religious, political, social, and cultural life of Islamic nations and of Islamic immigrant communities elsewhere. Now, Cornell University Press is making this invaluable resource accessible to English-language readers.

More current than the latest German edition on which it is based, Islam in the World Today covers a comprehensive array of topics in concise essays by some of the world's leading experts on Islam, including:

• the history of Islam from the earliest years through the twentieth century, with particular attention to Sunni and Shi'i Islam and Islamic revival movements during the last three centuries;

• data on the advance of Islam along with current population statistics;

• Muslim ideas on modern economics, on social order, and on attempts to modernize Islamic law (shari'a) and apply it in contemporary Muslim societies;

• Islam in diaspora, especially the situation in Europe and America;

• secularism, democracy, and human rights; and

• women in Islam Twenty-four essays are each devoted to a specific Muslim country or a country with significant Muslim minorities, spanning Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union.

Additional essays illuminate Islamic culture, exploring local traditions; the languages and dialects of Muslim peoples; and art, architecture, and literature. Detailed bibliographies and indexes ensure the book's usefulness as a reference work.

Table of Contents

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  1. Cover
  2. p. C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Part One
  1. IThe World of IslamA Brief Historical Survey
  2. pp. 3-35
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  1. II Sunni Islam
  2. pp. 36-50
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  1. III Shi¨i Islam
  2. pp. 51-69
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  1. IV Revivalist Movements in Islam from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century and the Role of Islam in Modern History
  2. pp. 70-104
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  1. V The Distribution of Muslims throughout the World
  2. pp. 105-126
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  1. Part Two
  1. I The Intra-Islamic Discussion on a Modern Economic and Social System
  2. pp. 129-140
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  1. II Islamic Economics in Practice Interest-Free Financial Management
  2. pp. 141-192
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  1. III Developments in Law
  2. pp. 193-220
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  1. IV The Status of Islam and Islamic Law in Selected Countries
  2. pp. 221-547
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  1. V The Islamic Diaspora: Europe and America
  2. pp. 569-604
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  1. VI The Discussion within Islam on Secularism, Democracy, and Human Rights
  2. pp. 605-618
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  1. VII The Situation of Women in Islamic Countries
  2. pp. 619-681
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  1. VIII Islamist Groups and Movements
  2. pp. 682-696
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  1. IX Mystical Brotherhoods and Popular Islam
  2. pp. 697-711
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  1. X Sects and Special Groups
  2. pp. 712-732
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  1. XI Islam and Non-Islamic Minorities
  2. pp. 733-742
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  1. XII International Islamic Organizations
  2. pp. 743-752
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  1. Part Three
  1. I “Orientalistics” and Orientalism
  2. pp. 755-766
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  1. II Islam and Cultural Self-Assertion
  2. pp. 767-778
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  1. III Islam and Local Traditions
  2. pp. 779-791
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  1. IV Is There an Islamic Linguistic Sphere?
  2. pp. 792-799
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  1. V Islam Reflected in the Contemporary Literature of Muslim Peoples
  2. pp. 800-829
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  1. VI Contemporary Painting and Graphic Art in the Islamic World
  2. pp. 830-837
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  1. VII Contemporary “Islamic” Architecture and Representational Art
  2. pp. 838-858
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 859-948
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 949-1008
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 1009-1018
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  1. Name Index
  2. pp. 1019-1036
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 1037-1092
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  1. Geographical Index
  2. pp. 1093-1114
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