Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop

Edited by miriam cooke, Bruce B. Lawrence

344 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 10 illus., 1 fig., notes, bibl., index

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  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5588-1
    Published: March 2005
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    Published: March 2006
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Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks

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2005 Editors' Pick, International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World Review

Crucial to understanding Islam is a recognition of the role of Muslim networks. The earliest networks were Mediterranean trade routes that quickly expanded into transregional paths for pilgrimage, scholarship, and conversion, each network complementing and reinforcing the others. This volume selects major moments and key players from the seventh century to the twenty-first that have defined Muslim networks as the building blocks for Islamic identity and social cohesion.

Although neglected in scholarship, Muslim networks have been invoked in the media to portray post-9/11 terrorist groups. Here, thirteen essays provide a long view of Muslim networks, correcting both scholarly omission and political sloganeering. New faces and forces appear, raising questions never before asked. What does the fourteenth-century North African traveler Ibn Battuta have in common with the American hip hopper Mos Def? What values and practices link Muslim women meeting in Cairo, Amsterdam, and Atlanta? How has technology raised expectations about new transnational pathways that will reshape the perception of faith, politics, and gender in Islamic civilization?

This book invokes the past not only to understand the present but also to reimagine the future through the prism of Muslim networks, at once the shadow and the lifeline for the umma, or global Muslim community.


H. Samy Alim, Duke University

Jon W. Anderson, Catholic University of America

Taieb Belghazi, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco

Gary Bunt, University of Wales, Lampeter

miriam cooke, Duke University

Vincent J. Cornell, University of Arkansas

Carl W. Ernst, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Judith Ernst, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

David Gilmartin, North Carolina State University

Jamillah Karim, Spelman College

Charles Kurzman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bruce B. Lawrence, Duke University

Samia Serageldin, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Tayba Hassan Al Khalifa Sharif, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Egypt

Quintan Wiktorowicz, Rhodes College

Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Brown University

About the Authors

miriam cooke, professor of Arabic literature at Duke University, is author of Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through Literature and the novel Hayati, My Life.
For more information about miriam cooke, visit the Author Page.

Bruce B. Lawrence is Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor and professor of Islamic studies at Duke University. He is author of New Faiths, Old Fears: Muslims and Other Asian Immigrants in American Religious Life.
For more information about Bruce B. Lawrence, visit the Author Page.


"A fascinating read and will inform as much as it generates discussion, both within and outside the classroom."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"An interesting collection that deserves attentive reading."--The Telegraph-Calcutta

"The articles in this book make the most important point that not only in premodern times was the Islamic world profoundly interconnected but that connections of this kind have persisted, and have remained of the utmost significance into the contemporary era. It is a point that should inform all modern policy considerations."--Francis Robinson, Royal Holloway, University of London

"miriam cooke and Bruce Lawrence have succeeded in organizing and leading a scholarly assessment of the social context of formation and dynamics of Muslim networks in a historical perspective full of contemporary relevance. This is indispensable material for understanding the cultural and religious dynamics of our interdependent world."--Manuel Castells, University of Southern California