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Challenging CosmopolitanismCoercion, Mobility and Displacement in Islamic Asia$
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Joshua Gedacht and R. Michael Feener

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474435093

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474435093.001.0001

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Islamicate Cosmopolitanism from North Africa to Southeast Asia

Islamicate Cosmopolitanism from North Africa to Southeast Asia

(p.30) 2 Islamicate Cosmopolitanism from North Africa to Southeast Asia
Challenging Cosmopolitanism

Bruce B. Lawrence

Edinburgh University Press

Lawrence introduces the idea that ‘Islamicate cosmopolitans’ engage in moral introspection to fashion a genuine orientation of openness to religious-cum-cultural difference. Drawing from the work of Marshall Hodgson, Lawrence argues that these cosmopolitans carried a specific conscience, a conscience that precedes Islam yet was reshaped by the Quran and ethical reflection within Muslim empires. The chapter then explores two renowned pre-modern thinkers, the scientific polymath Abū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī and the legal scholars Ibn Khaldūn, as exemplars of a universal ethos with an Islamicate accent. Yet, Lawrence also acknowledges how notions of cosmopolitan justice could nevertheless sustain coercion by directing Muslim commitment to state power through concepts such as the medieval ‘circle of justice’.

Keywords:   Abū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī, conscience, Indian Ocean, Islamicate Cosmopolitanism, Ibn Khaldūn, networks

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