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Varieties of Muslim Experience

Lawrence Rosen

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780226726168
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226726182 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226726182.001.0001
Varieties of Muslim Experience

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This book focuses on Arab Muslims and aspects of their lives that are, at first glance, perplexing to Westerners. It ranges over such diverse topics as why Arabs eschew portraiture, why a Muslim scientist might be attracted to fundamentalism, and why the Prophet must be protected from blasphemous cartoons. What connects these seemingly disparate features of Arab social, political, and cultural life? The book argues that the common thread is the importance Arabs place on the negotiation of interpersonal relationships—a link that helps to explain actions as seemingly unfathomable as suicide bombing and as elusive as the interpretation of the Quran.

Keywords: Arab Muslims; Westerners; portraiture; fundamentalism; Muslim scientist; Prophet; blasphemous cartoons; interpersonal relationships; suicide bombing; Quran

Book.  278 pages. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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