Islam on the Move
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Islam on the Move

By Farish A. Noor
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Much nuance and variability have been lost in the process of the reductivist analysis of Islam post 9/11 and, as this study amply demonstrates, we are all the poorer as a result. This exhaustive examination of the rise and spread of the Tablighi Jama't, arguably the world's largest Islamic missionary movement, locates it in the larger perspective of global Islam and developments in the Muslim societies. Combining an overview of the history and current socio-political perception of the Tablighi Jama'at with a more analytical and philosophical approach to fundamental questions of identity, subject-positioning and representation, the author creates a comprehensive resource of interest to all scholars and students of Islam. Drawing on exhaustive research and records of conversion narratives of the new members of Tablighi Jama'at, cited here at length, the author creates a unique perspective on this complex phenomenon from both an internal and external viewpoints. Ahmad-Noor locates the spiritual framework of the movement in the context of its perception in the eyes of the political and religious authorities of the countries where it has a following, as well as the Western 'securocrat' approach.

Dit uitgebreide onderzoek naar de opkomst van de Tablighi Jama'at plaatst deze massale islamitische missiebeweging in het grotere perspectief van de wereldwijde ontwikkelingen binnen de moslimgemeenschap. Noor vergelijkt het spirituele kader van de beweging met de opvattingen van de politieke en religieuze autoriteiten in de landen van herkomst van de aanhangers, en met de westerse 'securocratische' benadering.

Table of Contents
  • Islam on the move
  • Table of Contents
  • A Note on Proper Names and the Spelling Used in This Book
  • Glossary
  • Introduction
  • I – At Home Across the Sea: The Arrival of the Tablighi Jama’at and Its Spread Across Southeast Asia
    • A network among many: Locating the Tablighi Jama’at in an overcrowded Southeast Asia
    • Movement and piety: The Tabligh’s aim of reconstituting the ideal Muslim society
  • II – Learning to Be: The Foundational Literature of the Tablighi Jama’at and Its Role in Defining the Movement
    • The discursive economy of the Tablighi Jama’at: The foundational texts of the Tablighi and the quest for Islamic authenticity
    • From text to discourse: The discursive construction of the Tablighi worldview with the Prophet and his companions as the model Muslim community
    • Drawing the discursive frontiers of the Tablighi Jama’at: What it is,and what it is not
  • III – Learning on the March: The Portable, Reader-friendly Literature of the Tablighi Jama’at and Its Role in the Self-identification and Reproduction of the Movement
    • The power of the vernacular: Assessing the merits of the Tablighi Jama’at’s portable literature
    • A different discourse, a different form of life?
  • IV –The Stories We Tell: The Conversion Narratives of the Tablighi Jama’at and the Internalisation of Tablighi Identity
    • Speaking (and reading, writing and reproducing) a commonlanguage-game: The discourse of the Tablighi Jama’at as a form oflife
  • V – Learning to Be Tablighi: The Rule-governed World of the Tablighi and the Discipliningof the Self
    • The normative world of the Tablighi Jama’at: Stage-setting, and the rites and rituals of mutuality and association
  • VI – How We Look and What We Are: The Tablighi Jama’at Framed in the Eyes of Others
    • The view from the outside: How the Tablighi Jama’at figures in the perspective of political Islamists
    • Enemy at the gates: The construction of the Tablighi Jama’at as a security threat in the discourse of anti-terrorism
    • Worlds within worlds: The Tablighi Jama’at in the age of the war o nterror
  • VII – Finally, a Summing Up: The Tablighi Jama’at as the Complex Thing That It Is
  • Notes
    • I – At Home Across the Sea
    • II – Learning to Be
    • III – Learning on the March
    • IV – The Stories We Tell
    • V – Learning to Be Tablighi
    • VI – How We Look and What We Are
    • VII – Finally, a Summing Up
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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