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Modernity in Islamic Tradition

The Concept of ‘Society’ in the Journal al-Manar (Cairo, 1898–1940)

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What does it mean to be modern? This study regards the concept of ‘society’ as foundational to modern self-understanding. Identifying Arabic conceptualizations of society in the journal al-Manar, the mouthpiece of Islamic reformism, the author shows how modernity was articulated from within an Islamic discursive tradition. The fact that the classical term umma was a principal term used to conceptualize modern society suggests the convergence of discursive traditions in modernity, rather than a mere diffusion of European concepts.

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Florian Zemmin, University of Bern, Switzerland.
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Audience: All those interested in Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Intellectual and Conceptual History, Sociology of Knowledge