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Understanding Muslim Identity

Rethinking Fundamentalism


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Gabriele Marranci
    Pages 1-25
  3. Gabriele Marranci
    Pages 26-50
  4. Gabriele Marranci
    Pages 107-126
  5. Gabriele Marranci
    Pages 127-146
  6. Gabriele Marranci
    Pages 147-154
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 155-174

About this book


In this timely book, Marranci critically surveys the available theories on Islamic fundamentalism and extremism. Rejecting essentialism and cultural reductionism, the book suggests that identity and emotion play an essential role in the phenomenon that has been called fundamentalism.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Western SydneyAustralia

About the authors

GABRIELE MARRANCI is Associate Professor in the Anthropology of Islam, College of Humanities and Languages at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He is the founding editor of the journal Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, and the book series (with Prof. Turner) Muslims in Global Societies. He is the author of Jihad Beyond Islam and The Anthropology of Islam.

Bibliographic information


'This book is a wake-up call for Muslim academics to get involved and start to write about Muslim identity from a Muslim viewpoint, rather than letting others interpret what Muslims do and think, and why. From that point of view, this book will be useful as a sounding board against which first-hand perspectives can be balanced.' - Ibrahim Hewitt, Muslim World Book Review