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A New Introduction Sociology of Islam: Social, Political and Economic Transformations in Muslim Societies

A New Introduction Sociology of Islam: Social, Political and Economic Transformations in Muslim... Sociological Imagination and Analysis Studying religion and society is a complex phenomenon, especially given the great transformations wrought by global capitalism. As Sociologists, we struggle to make sense of the impacts of increased privatization, deregulation of markets, refiguring of civil society, democratization, technological innovations, the spread of and challenges to individual liberties, proliferation of popular culture through mass communications, cultural amalgamation, shifting balances in rural-urban demography, increased participation of women in the global workforce, challenges to our conception of gender and sexuality, and many other social transformations made possible or altered by the spread of global capitalism. All of these changes impact and shape the role of religion and religious ideology in modern social life, redefining our understanding of the sacred and the secular as they function as both social and individualized phenomena. As Jose Casanova argued in Public Religions in the Modern World (1994), religion was once a community-oriented belief system that, aided by global flows, had come to be expressed in more privatized forms of the sacred. But these shifts are nowhere fixed and stable. In 1969, in Sacred Canopy: Elements of A Sociological Theory of Religion , Peter Berger, a seminal theorist of sociology of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Islam Brill

A New Introduction Sociology of Islam: Social, Political and Economic Transformations in Muslim Societies

Sociology of Islam , Volume 1 (1-2): 1 – Jan 1, 2013

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Brill
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© 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2213-140X
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2213-1418
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10.1163/22131418-00101001
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Sociological Imagination and Analysis Studying religion and society is a complex phenomenon, especially given the great transformations wrought by global capitalism. As Sociologists, we struggle to make sense of the impacts of increased privatization, deregulation of markets, refiguring of civil society, democratization, technological innovations, the spread of and challenges to individual liberties, proliferation of popular culture through mass communications, cultural amalgamation, shifting balances in rural-urban demography, increased participation of women in the global workforce, challenges to our conception of gender and sexuality, and many other social transformations made possible or altered by the spread of global capitalism. All of these changes impact and shape the role of religion and religious ideology in modern social life, redefining our understanding of the sacred and the secular as they function as both social and individualized phenomena. As Jose Casanova argued in Public Religions in the Modern World (1994), religion was once a community-oriented belief system that, aided by global flows, had come to be expressed in more privatized forms of the sacred. But these shifts are nowhere fixed and stable. In 1969, in Sacred Canopy: Elements of A Sociological Theory of Religion , Peter Berger, a seminal theorist of sociology of

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Published: Jan 1, 2013

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