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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The values of traditionalist Islam are often portrayed as inherently hostile to those of a modern, pluralistic society.
This book shatters many of these stereotypes. Jonah Blank provides a first-hand account of the Daudi Bohra community, a Shi'a denomination numbering 1 million, concentrated in South Asia but spread worldwide. This society has no contradiction between Islamic traditions and full-fledged modernity.
The Bohras uphold orthodox Muslim practices, such as in prayer and dress, while at the same time embracing aspects of modern culture not in direct conflict with their core beliefs. They send their children, of both genders, abroad for education, exhibit greater gender equality than most of the communities of the Indian sub-continent, and have become Internet pioneers, uniting members around the world.
This volume shows how a premodern clerical elite has embraced modernity, not rejected it. Read more Read less. Amazon International Store International products have separate terms, are sold from abroad and may differ from local products, including fit, age ratings, and language of product, labeling or instructions.
Manufacturer warranty may not apply. Learn more about Amazon International Store. Review "This is a groundbreaking work This brilliant study is both academically rigorous and a welcome introduction to the real success of this Islamic community in the modern world.
Highly recommended. Here is one brilliant venture by a young, superbly trained American social scientist who delves into the world of Indian Muslims, and renders that world with artistry, precision, and detail. Bowen, Washington Post Book World. In this important, myth-shattering book, the West gets its first look at the Daudi Bohras, a unique Muslim denomination who have found the core of their religious beliefs largely compatible with modern ideology.
Combining orthodox Muslim prayer, dress, and practice with secular education, relative gender equality, and Internet use, this community serves as a surprising reminder that the central values of modernity are hardly limited to the West. Read more. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.
Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. This is simply The most important recent text on the status of Bohras living today. Jonah does a great service to not just for Bohras but to the study of Shiism in all its rich varients; a much neglected area of study.
I am eager to read more of Jonahs work Simply a must have for those interested in Isma'ilism. We have precious few representations of devout Muslims who are devout, respectful of other religions and progressive in thought and action. Islam has the reputation in the West by some as being militant and rejecting of other faiths.
A broad brush coversa world of differing views in islam. In history and current practice the Bohras who are dispersed around theworld, represent peace, devotion to Allah, and toleration of the diversity of religious belief in the world.
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Mullahs on the Mainframe: Islam and Modernity among the Daudi Bohras
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The values of traditionalist Islam are often portrayed as inherently hostile to those of a modern, pluralistic society. This book shatters many of these stereotypes. Jonah Blank provides a first-hand account of the Daudi Bohra community, a Shi'a denomination numbering 1 million, concentrated in South Asia but spread worldwide. This society has no contradiction between Islamic traditions and full-fledged modernity. The Bohras uphold orthodox Muslim practices, such as in prayer and dress, while at the same time embracing aspects of modern culture not in direct conflict with their core beliefs.
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Jonah Blank. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Farhad Datary traced the development of Ismaili Studies and mentions work centering on their literary heritage and history but makes no mention of sociological and anthropological work. Blank's work represents a refreshing departure from this exclusive concern.
"Mullahs on the Mainframe: Islam and Modernity Among the Daudi Bohras"
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Mullahs on the Mainframe
Anthropological Quarterly Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Mullahs on the Mainframe is an ethnography in the old style and well worth reading for how it triangulates surveys, history, biography, interviews, and participant-observation on some very current issues from ethnographic responsibility to what it means to be 'traditionalist' in the modern world. It is the first ethnography of a Muslim community to provide a comprehensive account of its rituals—organized around life cycles and annual cycles—and, within the social limits of that community, to provide an outline of its beliefs, which have been the main analytical and methodological issues that have deterred external scrutiny. Its subtext is a story, revealed in pieces rather than made thematic in the style of reflexive ethnography, of working around boundaries in an over-exposed world. And it provides enough data incidental to its own thesis that traditionalists may eagerly and selectively embrace the techniques of modernity to reinforce tradition that it can potentially serve as grist for other mills. The mullahs in question are an anomaly in conventional wisdom about the Muslim world, but not in that world's actual conventions.