Modernity in Islamic Tradition

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

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Florian Zemmin
Religion and Society
  • Berlin, Germany: 
    De Gruyter
    , July
     532 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Review by Heidrun Eichner forthcoming.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Florian Zemmin is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Bern.

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