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“Ismaʿilis Do Not Look Muslim” : The Ismaʿili Community and Constructions of Islam and Modernity in Germany

Hewitt, Linda LU (2016) In Lunds University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies MOSM03 20161
Centre for Middle Eastern Studies
Abstract (Swedish)
This thesis examines Ismaʿili individuals’ “lived religion” through personal views on religious values combined with daily practices in German society. Since a Eurocentric view on Islam often fails to recognize the complexities of Muslim communities while emphasizing the Muslim faith as incompatible with “modernity”, the current study of the Ismaʿili branch serves as an example of Muslim practices that adapt and adjust its divine principles to a modern and secular society while maintaining its unique religious identity. Important values of everyday life are observed in connection to Ulrich Beck’s and Anthony Giddens’ “reflexive modernity” theory as a process that encompasses old and new traditions while adapting ambiguous and pluralist... (More)
This thesis examines Ismaʿili individuals’ “lived religion” through personal views on religious values combined with daily practices in German society. Since a Eurocentric view on Islam often fails to recognize the complexities of Muslim communities while emphasizing the Muslim faith as incompatible with “modernity”, the current study of the Ismaʿili branch serves as an example of Muslim practices that adapt and adjust its divine principles to a modern and secular society while maintaining its unique religious identity. Important values of everyday life are observed in connection to Ulrich Beck’s and Anthony Giddens’ “reflexive modernity” theory as a process that encompasses old and new traditions while adapting ambiguous and pluralist forms of contemporary societies. (Less)
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author
Hewitt, Linda LU
supervisor
organization
course
MOSM03 20161
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Islam in Germany, Shiites, Ismailites, Isma’ilism, Aga Khan, Modernity, Pluralism
publication/series
Lunds University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
language
English
id
8885648
date added to LUP
2016-08-08 11:05:36
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2016-11-14 13:49:40
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  abstract     = {This thesis examines Ismaʿili individuals’ “lived religion” through personal views on religious values combined with daily practices in German society. Since a Eurocentric view on Islam often fails to recognize the complexities of Muslim communities while emphasizing the Muslim faith as incompatible with “modernity”, the current study of the Ismaʿili branch serves as an example of Muslim practices that adapt and adjust its divine principles to a modern and secular society while maintaining its unique religious identity. Important values of everyday life are observed in connection to Ulrich Beck’s and Anthony Giddens’ “reflexive modernity” theory as a process that encompasses old and new traditions while adapting ambiguous and pluralist forms of contemporary societies.},
  author       = {Hewitt, Linda},
  keyword      = {Islam in Germany,Shiites,Ismailites,Isma’ilism,Aga Khan,Modernity,Pluralism},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Lunds University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies},
  title        = {“Ismaʿilis Do Not Look Muslim” : The Ismaʿili Community and Constructions of Islam and Modernity in Germany},
  year         = {2016},
}