Islam and Competing Nationalisms in the Middle East, 1876-1926

  • Kamal Soleimani

Part of the The Modern Muslim World book series (MMUS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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    Pages 1-17
  3. Religious (Islamic) Thought, Nationalism, and the Politics of Caliphate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
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      Pages 21-48
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      Pages 49-69
  4. Official Nationalism and Islamic Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
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      Pages 73-92
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      Pages 93-154
  5. Kurdish Nationalism and Exclusionary Islams

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-312

About this book


Opposing a binary perspective that consolidates ethnicity, religion, and nationalism into separate spheres, this book demonstrates that neither nationalism nor religion can be studied in isolation in the Middle East. Religious interpretation, like other systems of meaning-production, is affected by its historical and political contexts, and the processes of interpretation and religious translation bleed into the institutional discourses and processes of nation-building. This book calls into question the foundational epistemologies of the nation-state by centering on the pivotal and intimate role Islam played in the emergence of the nation-state, showing the entanglements and reciprocities of nationalism and religious thought as they played out in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Middle East.


Khilafa Ottoman Kurds Kuridsh Abdülhamid pan-Islamism Islamism Turks Ottoman Empire Islamic revivalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Kamal Soleimani
    • 1
  1. 1.New YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-60129-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59940-7
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