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Contemporary Islam

John L. Esposito

in The Oxford History of Islam

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780195107999
Published online November 2007 |
 						 Contemporary Islam

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The history of contemporary Islam is a story of challenge and response, tension and conflict, atavism and creativity or renaissance, retreat and advancement, religious and intellectual retrenchment, reformation and revolution. It has been dominated by two major struggles. First, the wars of independence at the turn of the 20th century, when much of the Muslim world struggled to free itself from dominion by European powers. Second, in the latter half of the century, the internal battle over religio-cultural identity and integrity associated with contemporary Islamic revivalism and the reassertion of Islam into public life.

Keywords: contemporary Islam; history; colonialism; modernity; renewal; reform

Chapter.  18545 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture ; Islam

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