Islam and the Orientalist World-System
Co-editors: Khaldoun Samman, Mazhar Al-Zoby
Contributing co-authors: Eric Mielants, Fouad Kalouche
Eric Mielants (with Fouad Kalouche) is a contributing author, "The Significance of Religious or Ethnic Movements in the 21st century World-System: from South Asia to the Low Countries," p. 129-153.
Book description: Featuring Immanuel Wallerstein, Joseph Massad, Marnia Lazreg, and other well-known and emerging new authors, this book seeks a more accurate understanding of Islam and Islamic societies’ role and relations to global cultural and economic realities. The book confronts a trend today of analyzing Islam as a “cultural system” that stands outside of, and even predates, modernity. The authors see this trend as part of a racist discourse unaware of the realities of contemporary Islam. Islamic societies today are products of the world capitalist system and cannot be understood as being separate from its forces. The authors offer a more carefully constructed and richer portrait of Islamic societies today while forcefully challenging the belief that Islam is not part of, nor much affected by, the modern world-system.
Eric Mielants, Fouad Kalouche. “The Significance of Religious or Ethnic Movements in the 21st century World-System: from South Asia to the Low Countries” in Khaldoun Samman and Mazhar Al-Zoby (eds.), Islam and the Orientalist World-System, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press Publishers, 2008, p. 129-153.
Samman, Khaldoun; Al-Zoby, Mazhar; Mielants, Eric; and Kalouche, Fouad, "Islam and the Orientalist World-System" (2008). Sociology & Anthropology Faculty Book and Media Gallery. 35.