Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Pg. 99: Scott S. Reese's "Imperial Muslims"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Imperial Muslims: Islam, Community and Authority in the Indian Ocean, 1839-1937 by Scott S. Reese.

About the book, from the publisher:
The webs, nodes and networks created by Britain's Indian Ocean Empire during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are here explored in the context of their personal and social impact. Using the British Settlement of Aden as its focus, the book examines the development of a local community within the spaces created by imperial rule. It explores how individuals from widely disparate backgrounds brought together by the networks of empire created a cohesive community utilizing the one commonality at their disposal: their faith. Specifically, it examines how religious institutions and spiritual ideas served as parameters for the creation of community and the kinds of symbolic and cultural capital an individual needed to attain communal membership and influence within the confines of imperial rule.
Learn more about Imperial Muslims at the Edinburgh University Press website.

Scott S. Reese is Professor of Islamic History at Northern Arizona University and author of Renewers of the Age: Holy Men and Social Discourse in Colonial Benaadir and The Transmission of Learning in Islamic Africa.

The Page 99 Test: Imperial Muslims.

--Marshal Zeringue