Imagining Pan-Islam: Religious Activism and Political Utopias

James Piscatori

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 131, 2004 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263518
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734021 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Imagining Pan-Islam: Religious Activism and Political Utopias

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This lecture gives an overview of religious activism and political utopias. It begins by detailing the emergence of a political symbol, pan-Islam. The second section focuses on how Muslim politics today is partly pre-occupied with contestation over this symbol. Pan-Islam emerged as an idea and a symbol that is conditioned by modern contexts. It is also seen to be shamelessly used and manipulated, but is still able to exercise a pull on the modern Muslim imagination.

Keywords: religious activism; political utopias; political symbol; pan-Islam; Muslim politics; modern Muslim imagination

Chapter.  8990 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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