New Book - Formichi, Islam and Asia: A History

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Dear Colleagues, it's with pleasure that I announce that my new book, Islam and Asia: A History is now out with Cambridge University Press. 

A short feature is in this blog-post I wrote


Chiara Formichi explores the ways in which Islam and Asia have shaped each other's histories, societies and cultures from the seventh century to today. Challenging the assumed dominance of the Middle East in the development of Islam, Formichi argues for Asia's centrality in the development of global Islam as a religious, social and political reality. Readers learn how and why Asia is central to the history of Islam, and vice versa, considering the impact of Asia's Muslims on Islam; and how Islam became an integral part of Asia, and its influence on local conceptions of power, the sciences, arts, and bureaucracy. Grounding her argument in specific case studies, Formichi ultimately concludes that the existence of Islamized interactions across Asia have allowed for multi-directional influences on Islamic practices and interpretations throughout the Muslim world.

Table of Contents

1. Islam across the Oxus (7th–17th centuries)
2. Becoming Muslim (7th–18th centuries
3. Networks and renewal (18th–19th centuries)
4. Pan-Islamism and nationalism (19th–20th centuries)
5. Muslims in the nation-state (1940s–1960s)
6. New imaginations of piety (1960s–1990s)
7. Islam as resistance
8. De-centering Islamic authority
9. Studying Asia and Islam.

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For purchase, you can use the 20% discount code "IAS2020"