The Dichotomy of Structural Globalisation and Fragmenting Cultural Self-Assertion: the Case of Islamic Civilisation

  • Bassam Tibi


The present analysis of the oscillation in Islam between culture and politics is not a narrative of topical events, but is rather ambitious in that it attempts to identify the issues and find ways to gain a better conceptual grasp of their substance. With this understanding, I shall then pursue the cultural analysis of Islam in a more concrete manner. The puzzle of the locality of culture and the global framework of structural change lie at the centre of my thoughts. Our world is characterised by the most intriguing aspect of becoming equally and simultaneously more globalised and localised, that is, culturally fragmented, than ever before.1 In short, my basic contention pertains to the simultaneity of structural globalisation and cultural fragmentation. I believe that this is the hallmark of the present world. This simultaneity also affects the pendulum between culture and politics in the contemporary Islamic civilisation.


Cultural Change Moral Order Muslim Society Cultural Pluralism Islamic Civilisation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bassam Tibi
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    • 2
  1. 1.University of GöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Cornell UniversityUSA

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