Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR) 44 (2019), 3

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Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR) 44 (2019), 3
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Islamicate Secularities

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GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Historical Social Research (HSR)
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
Journal Historical Social Research
Janssen, Philip

HSR 44 (2019) 3
Special Issue: Islamicate Secularities in Past and Present (ed. Markus Dressler, Armando Salvatore & Monika Wohlrab-Sahr)

Partly as a product of encounters with Europe, accelerated in the last roughly 150 years, Islamic societies developed new epistemic distinctions and structural differentiations between religious and non-religious spheres and practices. This special issue conceptualizes these distinctions and differentiations as “Islamicate secularities,” thereby connecting Marshall Hodgson’s notion of the “Islamicate” with the concept of “Multiple Secularities.” The individual contributions address the question of secularity in relation to Islam with a variety of spatial and temporal foci that range from Turkey to China and Indonesia, from the present to the colonial era and even pre-colonial contexts. The issue thus provides an array of perspectives on how Muslims have engaged with religion in relation to social and political conflicts and how this has led to contested reifications of ‘Islam’ and its boundaries, especially in relation to politics. As a preliminary result, a tendency towards ‘soft distinctions,’ kept under the umbrella of ‘Islam,’ emerges.

Engaging the epistemological and political context of debates on the contours of Islam in relation to the social and politics, the collection further provides insights into the theoretical and normative conflicts that shape debates on secularity and Islam in the early 21st century and thus offers stimuli for further innovative research.

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SPECIAL ISSUE – Islamicate Secularities
Markus Dressler, Armando Salvatore & Monika Wohlrab-Sahr
Islamicate Secularities: New Perspectives on a Contested Concept.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.44.2019.3.7–34

Armando Salvatore
Secularity through a ‘Soft Distinction’ in the Islamic Ecumene? Adab as a Counterpoint to Shari‘a.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.44.2019.3.35–51

Neguin Yavari
The Political Regard in Medieval Islamic Thought.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.44.2019.3.52–73

Florian Zemmin
Validating Secularity in Islam: The Sociological Perspective of the Muslim Intellectual Rafiq al-‘Azm (1865–1925).
doi: 10.12759/hsr.44.2019.3.74–100

Samuli Schielke
Is Prose Poetry a Conspiracy Against the Noble Qur’an? Poetics, Humans, and God in Contemporary Egypt.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.44.2019.3.101–126

Katerina Dalacoura
“Islamic Civilization” as an Aspect of Secularization in Turkish Islamic Thought.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.44.2019.3.127–149
Mohammad Magout

Transnationalizing Multiple Secularities: A Comparative Study of the Global Ismaՙili Community.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.44.2019.3.150–179
Sana Chavoshian

Secular Atmospheres: Unveiling and Urban Space in Early 20th Century Iran.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.44.2019.3.180–205

Brannon D. Ingram
‘Modern’ Madrasa: Deoband and Colonial Secularity.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.44.2019.3.206–225

Yee Lak Elliot Lee
Muslims as “Hui” in Late Imperial and Republican China. A Historical Reconsideration of Social Differentiation and Identity Construction.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.44.2019.3.226–263

Martin Ramstedt
Politics of Taxonomy in Postcolonial Indonesia: Ethnic Traditions between Religionisation and Secularisation.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.44.2019.3.264–289


Paul Rotering
Family Systems and Fertility, Western Europe 1870–1960
doi: 10.12759/hsr.44.2019.3.293–323

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