Islam and the European Empires

ISBN : 9780198754343

David Motadel
336 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Apr 2016
Past & Present Book Series
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At the height of the imperial age, European powers ruled over most parts of the Islamic world. The British, French, Russian, and Dutch empires each governed more Muslims than any independent Muslim state. European officials believed Islam to be of great political significance, and were quite cautious when it came to matters of the religious life of their Muslim subjects. In the colonies, they regularly employed Islamic religious leaders and institutions to bolster imperial rule. At the same time, the European presence in Muslim lands was confronted by religious resistance movements and Islamic insurgency. Across the globe, from the West African savanna to the shores of Southeast Asia, Muslim rebels called for holy war against non-Muslim intruders. Islam and the European Empires presents the first comparative account of the engagement of all major European empires with Islam. Bringing together fifteen of the world's leading scholars in the field, the volume explores a wide array of themes, ranging from the accommodation of Islam under imperial rule to Islamic anti-colonial resistance. A truly global history of empire, the volume makes a major contribution not only to our knowledge of the intersection of Islam and imperialism, but also more generally to our understanding of religion and power in the modern world.


David Motadel: Introduction
I. Islam and Imperial Rule
1 Robert D. Crews: The Russian Worlds of Islam
2 John Slight: British Imperial Rule and the Hajj
3 Eric Tagliacozzo: The Dutch Empire and the Hajj
4 Julia Clancy-Smith: Islam and the French Empire in North Africa
5 Felicitas Becker: Islam and Imperialism in East Africa
II. Islam and Anti-Colonial Resistance
6 Umar Ryad: Anti-Imperialism and the Pan-Islamic Movement
7 Benjamin D. Hopkins: Islam and Resistance in the British Empire
8 Knut S. Vikor: Religious Revolts in Colonial North Africa
9 Michael A. Reynolds: Mobilisation of Muslims in the Caucasus
10 Gerrit Knaap: Islamic Resistance in the Dutch Colonial Empire
III. Islam and Colonial Knowledge
11 Rebekka Habermas: Debates on Islam in Imperial Germany
12 Faisal Devji: Islam in British Imperial Thought
13 George R. Trumbull IV: French Colonial Knowledge of Maraboutism
14 Cemil Aydin: Islam and the European Empires in Japanese Imperial Thought

About the author: 

David Motadel is a Research Fellow in History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge. A graduate of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar, he has held visiting fellowships at Harvard, Yale and Oxford.

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