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In a Pure Muslim Land

by Simon Wolfgang Fuchs The University of North Carolina Press (March 05, 2019)

Centering Pakistan in a story of transnational Islam stretching from South Asia to the Middle East, Simon Wolfgang Fuchs offers the first in-depth ethnographic history of the intellectual production of Shi&703;is...


Muslim Pilgrimage in the Modern World

by Babak Rahimi & Peyman Eshaghi The University of North Carolina Press (April 23, 2019)

Pilgrimage is one of the most significant ritual duties for Muslims, entailing the visitation and veneration of sites associated with the Prophet Muhammad or saintly figures. As demonstrated in this multidisciplinary...


Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop

by Miriam Cooke & Bruce B. Lawrence The University of North Carolina Press (March 08, 2006)

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,...


Hashtag Islam

by Gary R. Bunt The University of North Carolina Press (September 25, 2018)

Gary R. Bunt is a twenty-year pioneer in the study of cyber-Islamic environments (CIEs). In this new book, he explores the diverse and surprising ways digital technology is shaping how Muslims across vast territories...


Islam without Europe

by Ahmad S. Dallal The University of North Carolina Press (April 20, 2018)

Replete with a cast of giants in Islamic thought and philosophy, Ahmad S. Dallal's pathbreaking intellectual history of the eighteenth-century Muslim world challenges stale views of this period as one of decline,...


Religion as Critique

by Irfan Ahmad The University of North Carolina Press (November 20, 2017)

Irfan Ahmad makes the far-reaching argument that potent systems and modes for self-critique as well as critique of others are inherent in Islam--indeed, critique is integral to its fundamental tenets and practices....


Sufis and Saints' Bodies

by Scott A. Kugle The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2011)

Islam is often described as abstract, ascetic, and uniquely disengaged from the human body. Scott Kugle refutes this assertion in the first full study of Islamic mysticism as it relates to the human body. Examining...


Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia

by Iftikhar Dadi The University of North Carolina Press (May 15, 2010)

This pioneering work traces the emergence of the modern and contemporary art of Muslim South Asia in relation to transnational modernism and in light of the region's intellectual, cultural, and political developments....


Jasmine and Stars

by Fatemeh Keshavarz The University of North Carolina Press (March 05, 2007)

In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her...


Aden and the Indian Ocean Trade

by Roxani Eleni Margariti The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2012)

Positioned at the crossroads of the maritime routes linking the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Yemeni port of Aden grew to be one of the medieval world's greatest commercial hubs. Approaching Aden's...


The Walking Qur'an

by Rudolph T. Ware Iii The University of North Carolina Press (June 16, 2014)

Spanning a thousand years of history--and bringing the story to the present through ethnographic fieldwork in Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania--Rudolph Ware documents the profound significance of Qur'an schools...


Constructing Bangladesh

by Sufia M. Uddin The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2006)

Highlighting the dynamic, pluralistic nature of Islamic civilization, Sufia M. Uddin examines the complex history of Islamic state formation in Bangladesh, formerly the eastern part of the Indian province of...


Isma'ili Modern

by Jonah Steinberg The University of North Carolina Press (January 17, 2011)

The Isma'ili Muslims, a major sect of Shi'i Islam, form a community that is intriguing in its deterritorialized social organization. Informed by the richness of Isma'ili history, theories of transnationalism...


The Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam

by Omid Safi The University of North Carolina Press (May 26, 2006)

The eleventh and twelfth centuries comprised a period of great significance in Islamic history. The Great Saljuqs, a Turkish-speaking tribe hailing from central Asia, ruled the eastern half of the Islamic world...


Gender, Sainthood, and Everyday Practice in South Asian Shi’ism

by Karen G. Ruffle The University of North Carolina Press (July 07, 2011)

In this study of devotional hagiographical texts and contemporary ritual performances of the Shi'a of Hyderabad, India, Karen Ruffle demonstrates how traditions of sainthood and localized cultural values shape...


Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination

by Ebrahim Moosa The University of North Carolina Press (March 08, 2006)

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, a Muslim jurist-theologian and polymath who lived from the mid-eleventh to the early twelfth century in present-day Iran, is a figure equivalent in stature to Maimonides in Judaism and...


Following Muhammad

by Carl W. Ernst The University of North Carolina Press (October 12, 2005)

Avoiding the traps of sensational political exposes and specialized scholarly Orientalism, Carl Ernst introduces readers to the profound spiritual resources of Islam while clarifying diversity and debate within...


Sufi Narratives of Intimacy

by Sa'diyya Shaikh The University of North Carolina Press (March 05, 2012)

Thirteenth-century Sufi poet, mystic, and legal scholar Muhyi al-Din ibn al-'Arabi gave deep and sustained attention to gender as integral to questions of human existence and moral personhood. Reading his works...


The Call of Bilal

by Edward E. Curtis IV The University of North Carolina Press (October 15, 2014)

How do people in the African diaspora practice Islam? While the term "Black Muslim" may conjure images of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, millions of African-descended Muslims around the globe have no connection...


What Is Veiling?

by Sahar Amer The University of North Carolina Press (September 02, 2014)

Ranging from simple head scarf to full-body burqa, the veil is worn by vast numbers of Muslim women around the world. What Is Veiling? explains one of the most visible, controversial, and least understood emblems...


What Is a Madrasa?

by Ebrahim Moosa The University of North Carolina Press (April 06, 2015)

Taking us inside the world of the madrasa--the most common type of school for religious instruction in the Islamic world--Ebrahim Moosa provides an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand orthodox...


Who Is Allah?

by Bruce B. Lawrence The University of North Carolina Press (April 06, 2015)

This vivid introduction to the heart of Islam offers a unique approach to understanding Allah, the central focus of Muslim religious expression. Drawing on history, culture, theology, politics, and the media,...