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Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah

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The spread of Islam around the globe has blurred the connection between a religion, a specific society, and a territory. One-third of the world's Muslims now live as members of a minority. At the heart of this development is, on the one hand, the voluntary settlement of Muslims in Western societies and, on the other, the pervasiveness and influence of Western cultural mode ...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Columbia University Press (first published 2002)
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Alex Zakharov
Aug 12, 2013 Alex Zakharov rated it really liked it
A very difficult book to read, and even a more difficult one to summarize. But then again if you believe Taleb the best books don't lend themselves easily to summarization. The book is much more than an analysis of the meaning of political globalized Islam but also an in-depth exploration of the intersections among identity, culture, religion and ethnicity in the age of globalization.

What makes Olivier Roy a challenging writer is that he doesn't simplify things by framing everything in the conte
Sep 01, 2012 N3ma marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
لم اقرأه بعد .. لكن قرات ما كتبه الراحل حسام تمام عنه:

"يقف المؤلف وكتابه في صدارة كل ما أنجز عن عالم الأسلمة والحركات الأسلمة في السنوات الأخير. فمن دون مبالغة ربما كان هذا الكتاب أهم وأول كتاب صدر في الغرب لرصد الظاهرة الإسلامية ليس بالمعني الكلاسيكي( دراسة الحركات الإسلامية وما نتج عنها من مؤسسات وأنشطة ..ومحاولة تبني رؤية شاملة لتفسيرها) بل رصد ظاهرة الأسلمة نفسها التي تجتاح المجتمعات الإسلامية وتتخلل شتي مسارات حركتها، كما أنه الأول أيضا في تجاوز حدود التقسيمات الجغرافية وعدم الوقوف عن دراس
محمد الهاشمي
هذا الكتاب ليس عاديا. وهذا المؤلف يعرف ما يتحدث عنه جيدا. انبهرت بذلك الفهم الكبير للإسلام لدى أوليفيه روا

الكتاب كان رفيقي في حلي وترحالي. سلاسة اللغة ومباشرة الطرح تساعدك على تركيز فهمك على ما يطرحه روا والانتقال من قراءة النص الى مراجعة الفكرة اثناء التصفح

رائع ومهم جدا
في هذا الكتاب تحليل مهم لواقع الاسلام المعاصر في ظل صعود الاسلام السياسي والحركات الأصولية وهو يضع تفسيرا للظواهر يتماشى مع الفهم العميق لدى روا للفرق بين الدين الاسلامي والأسلمة المعاصرة
Alexander Kennedy
Nov 30, 2015 Alexander Kennedy rated it really liked it
A key take away I took from this book is that secularism and religion are not necessarily at odds with one another. Roy stresses that religion is becoming more and more individual. A neofundamentalist reforms society by reforming individuals first. If you reform enough individuals, you reform society. Thus, a religious purist may want to keep religion out of politics and actually be an agent of secularization. Thus secularism does not seem to be the enemy of religion as it is often portrayed as. ...more
Nov 02, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
An extremely important read for everyone that seeks to peel back layers of the growing tension between Christian communities and immigrant Muslim communities in Europe and North America - especially above the level of analysis pop-media gives to these complicated dynamics. The book is extremely relevant today with the ongoing Western military involvement in Muslim counties' happenings and the mass migration of people from Muslim countries to Western Europe. Not a quick or easy read, but Olivier ...more
Tariq Mahmood
Nov 19, 2011 Tariq Mahmood rated it it was amazing
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Excellent academic study detailing the change in Muslim neofundamentalist attitudes as ordinary Muslims find themselves objectifying and defining Islam in the global culture. Olivier's grasp of the mood swings in te Islamic milieu are pretty exact. He seems to have studied and experienced some of the target groups at close hand. It's a must read for any Muslim living in the West looking for answers to justify the current Islamic trends.
Feb 15, 2012 Phil rated it it was amazing
As we will see later, Roy makes sense of a number of complex issues of nationalism, identity, and religion. His analysis is bottom-up, featuring a host of websites of various "neofundamentalists" along with more established texts. Much like Reza Aslan, Roy places radicals in context. This is not recommended for the faint of heart or for amateurs, but it's an excellent examination of the current Muslim world.
May 01, 2007 Noah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in western views of Islamism.
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Roy examines the sociology of Muslim response to globalization, focusing on identity politics, as many Muslims (specifically in Europe) respond to what he terms the "deterritorialisation" produced by globalization by a resurgence of "neofundamentalism." Thus, he locates the Islamic response to globalization within a larger religious response to modernity, thereby offering strong parallels to Christianity.
Apr 19, 2009 Graham rated it really liked it
Roy's knowledge of the different phenomena and currents in contemporary Islam is quite astonishing, and he has many incisive comments. Unfortunately, the book suffers from a lack of organization and logical exposition that makes his central themes difficult to track and conceptualize clearly. Still, lots to chew over.
Jul 31, 2012 Ismail rated it really liked it
Since hearing lecture at the Camden conference, Roy has always shade a different perspective on political Islam.
Jan 17, 2008 Clay rated it really liked it
Good academic description of globalization of religious radical groups.
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A professor at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy); he was previously a research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and a lecturer for both the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (IEP).

From 1984 to 2008, he has acted as a consultant to the French Foreign Ministry.

In 1988, Ro
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