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Combining orthodox Muslim prayer, dress, and practice with secular education, relative gender equality, and Internet use, this community serves as a surprising reminder that the central values of "modernity" are hardly limited to the West. This is a groundbreaking work for two reasons: it is the first full description of a community never before studied from outside, and it demonstrates that an orthodox Islamic community can also embrace From Library Journal Policy adviser to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a senior editor at U. This is a groundbreaking work for two reasons: it is the first full description of a community never before studied from outside, and it demonstrates that an orthodox Islamic community can also embrace Western ideas and technology by adopting all aspects of modern culture that are not forbidden to it. The Daudi Bohras are both "traditional" and "modern. The Bohra have dramatically improved orthopraxy among members, creating a high level of observance of basics while increasing the educational level and scientific sophistication of the community "there is no conflict whatsoever between science and faith".

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Kezilkree The latter came to depict Islam in terms of canonical Sunnism as a non-hierarchical, scriptural religion in which the believer stands in a relationship to God in worship and social morality mediated solely by revelation and the Prophet Muhammad.

Its subtext is a story, revealed in pieces rather than made thematic in the style of reflexive ethnography, of working around boundaries in an over-exposed world.

This is a really interesting case study of how people can be guardians of tradition and participants in the 21st century. Blank did field work in both these areas as well as mullahs on the mainframe Karachi, where there is also a sizable Bohra community.

Selected pages Title Page. Combining orthodox Muslim prayer, dress, and practice with secular education, relative Mustafa Jiwanji rated it really liked it Aug 27, Abbas Ratlamwala rated it it was amazing Jun 03, Islam and Modernity among the Daudi Bohras 4. Dominic added it Feb 08, Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Ali Zainul marked it as to-read Dec 22, Mustafa rated it it was amazing Feb 02, Tasneem Hussain rated it really liked it Dec 08, Mullahs on the mainframe Ra rated it it was amazing Dec 12, Mithaq is also seen as a rite of passage to adulthood. The author demonstrates the extent to which Westerners have adopted a view of Islam distorted by stereotypes, fostered by media reports, and sustained by a triumphalism about values that Westerners believe are exclusively theirs.

Mullahs on the mainframe: Islam and Mullahs on the mainframe Among the Daudi BohrasJonah Blank has produced a scrupulously researched and impressively detailed account of the Daudi Bohras, a fascinating and relatively unknown religious community. It involved the controversy over the issue of succession after the minframe of the prophet Muhammad.

If anthropologists were to start from these concerns, rather than from canonical Islamic studies, Islam might instead have Mullahs on the Mainframe: Ayesha added it Oct 19, This book is not yet featured on Mullahs on the mainframe.

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Ethnography, political history, economic history, intermingle, and creatively so, in this unique book—a tribute to a gifted and observant author. Here is one brilliant venture by a young, superbly trained American social scientist who delves into the world of Indian Muslims, and renders that world with artistry, precision, and detail. His text also, very properly, aims to dispel some of the stereotypes that disfigure Western preconceptions of Islam. This unconventional book is a major contribution to scholarship. John R. Bowen, Washington University of St. In doing so, Blank does much more than simply reveal the lives of his subjects.

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Mullahs on the Mainframe: Islam and Modernity among the Daudi Bohras

Modernity and Islamic Fundamentalism 1 from Chapter Conclusion One of the underlying premises of this study has been a belief in the potential for peaceful coexistence between traditionalist Islam and Western-style modernity. Sadly, such a premise stands in marked contrast to the prevailing popular attitude both in the West and in many Muslim circles. Westerners with little knowledge of Islam often reflexively judge it solely by its most militant, rejectionist elements: the Taliban, hard-line Iranian ayatollahs, or self-described mujahideen of various extremist even terrorist organizations. These elements represent only a tiny fraction of world Muslim opinion, yet all too often in the West they are presumed to be the legitimate voice of the entire community.

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Mullahs on the Mainframe

Kezilkree The latter came to depict Islam in terms of canonical Sunnism as a non-hierarchical, scriptural religion in which the believer stands in a relationship to God in worship and social morality mediated solely by revelation and the Prophet Muhammad. Its subtext is a story, revealed in pieces rather than made thematic in the style of reflexive ethnography, of working around boundaries in an over-exposed world. This is a really interesting case study of how people can be guardians of tradition and participants in the 21st century. Blank did field work in both these areas as well as mullahs on the mainframe Karachi, where there is also a sizable Bohra community. Selected pages Title Page. Combining orthodox Muslim prayer, dress, and practice with secular education, relative Mustafa Jiwanji rated it really liked it Aug 27, Abbas Ratlamwala rated it it was amazing Jun 03, Islam and Modernity among the Daudi Bohras 4.

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