Global Islam: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780190917234

Nile Green
184 ページ
111 x 174 mm
Very Short Introductions



  • Explains how Global Islam expanded via different phases and mechanisms of globalization from 1870 to the present-day
  • Written to inform beginners and specialists alike
  • Offers a clear definition and interpretive model of Global Islam to explain the interplay between Islam and globalization

This book presents the first comprehensive survey of the multiple versions of Islam propagated across geographical, political, and cultural boundaries during the era of modern globalization. Showing how Islam was transformed through these globalizing transfers, it traces the origins, expansion and increasing diversification of Global Islam - from individual activists to organizations and then states - over the past 150 years.
Historian Nile Green surveys not only the familiar venues of Islam in the Middle East and the West, but also Asia and Africa, explaining the doctrines of a wide variety of political and non-political versions of Islam across the spectrum from Salafism to Sufism. This Very Short Introduction will help readers to recognize and compare the various organizations competing to claim the authenticity and authority of representing the one true Islam.


Introduction: What Is 'Global Islam'?
Chapter 1: Islam in the Age of Empire, Steam and Print
Chapter 2: Muslim Transnationalism between Socialism and Nationalism
Chapter 3: From Islamic Revolutions to the Internet
Further reading


Nile Green, Ibn Khaldun Endowed Chair in World History, UCLA
Nile Green is Professor of History and Ibn Khaldun Endowed Chair in World History at UCLA. A historian of the multiple globalizations of Islam and Muslims, his work has traced Muslim networks that connect South Asia and the Middle East with the Indian Ocean, Africa, Japan, Europe and the United States. His research builds on extensive travels in India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Chinese Central Asia, Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Oman, Jordan, Morocco, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Myanmar, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the Caucasus, and Zanzibar. A former Guggenheim fellow, Green is the author of Terrains of Exchange: Religious Economies of Global Islam and Sufism: A Global History, among many other titles.

Nile Green's Global Islam: A Very Short Introduction is an accessible and engaging study of the globalization of Islam. Green tracks the fascinating redefinition and proliferation of multiple and competing versions of Islam. His outstanding book traces how new religious actors, transnational movements, organizations and governments have harnessed modern forms of travel, technology, print and electronic media to spread and implement their faith and message globally. - John L. Esposito, University Professor and Professor of Religion & International Affairs, Georgetown Universitys School of Foreign Service and author of The Future of Islam