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Challenging Cosmopolitanism – Coercion, Mobility and Displacement in Islamic Asia - Edinburgh Scholarship Online
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Challenging Cosmopolitanism: Coercion, Mobility and Displacement in Islamic Asia

Joshua Gedacht and R. Michael Feener


The temptation to invoke idealised histories of Islamic cosmopolitanism as the antithesis to the militancy associated with contemporary groups, such as the Islamic State (IS), is quite powerful. Many writers have pointed to the flourishing of al-Andalus on the Iberian Peninsula and the mobile societies of the premodern Indian Ocean as paradigmatic examples both of the storied past and the potential future of cosmopolitan forms of religious vitality. However, if one pushes beyond nostalgic images of coexistence, pluralism and mobility, it is also possible to discern more complex stories. The ch ... More

Keywords: China, cosmopolitanism, Indian Ocean, Islam, Southeast Asia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474435093
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474435093.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Gedacht, editor
Rowan University

R. Michael Feener, editor
University of Oxford

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