An Emerging Western Islam

Part of the New Directions in Islam book series (NDI)


This chapter examines the extent to which and prospects for the emergence of a Western Islam. This chapter draws on the work of a number of scholars, primarily based in Europe, who have discussed the concept of a Western or more precisely “Euro/European-Islam” and/or American Islam, the theoretical underpinnings of the idea of Western Islam, and the factors that facilitate its indigenisation. The chapter first addresses the question of what is meant by Western Islam and considers such factors as geography, politico-legal and social contexts, intellectual and cultural affinity, identity, values, principles, philosophical assumptions and worldview, and a sense of belonging. It examines the emergence of Western Islam by focusing on such factors, agents, and discourses which could be identified as facilitating the emergence of Western Islam primarily defined in terms of its cultural, religio-philosophical, and socio-political dimensions. This translates into the idea that Western Islam is based on a comprehensive yet reasonable doctrine that embraces values of modernity and legitimises them both theologically and politically.


Western Islam Western Muslims Islamic Intellectual Tradition Tariq Ramadan Western Liberal Democracies 
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  1. 1.School of Humanities, Languages and Social ScienceGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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