Islam in Israel

Muslim Communities in Non-Muslim States

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Muhammad al-Atawneh, Nohad Ali
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , January
     210 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Islam is the religion of the majority of Arab citizens in Israel and since the late 1970s has become an important factor in their political and socio-cultural identity. This leads to an increasing number of Muslims in Israel who define their identity first and foremost in relation to their religious affiliation. By examining this evolving religious identity during the past four decades and its impact on the religious and socio-cultural aspects of Muslim life in Israel, Muhammad Al-Atawneh and Nohad Ali explore the local nature of Islam. They find that Muslims in Israel seem to rely heavily on the prominent Islamic authorities in the region, perhaps more so than minority Muslims elsewhere. This stems, inter alia, from the fact that Muslims in Israel are the only minority that lives in a land they consider to be holy and see themselves as a natural.

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

Muhammad al-Atawneh is Senior Lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He has published extensively on Islamic law and society in contemporary Arab and Islamic worlds. Research interests focus on the study of Islam in modern times, mainly in three concurrent areas: 1. Islamic law and modernity; 2. state and governance in contemporary Islamic thought and practice; and 3. Islam in Israel which covered significant issues regarding Muslim daily life, attitudes, beliefs, levels of (dis)satisfaction, and attitudes towards the Israeli establishment and Israeli society.

Nohad Ali is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Western Galilee College, Israel and senior researcher at the Jewish-Arab center at the University of Haifa, Israel. He is an expert on religious fundamentalism (Jewish and Islamic in Israel), political Islam, Jewish-Arab relations in Israel, Arab women and violence.


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