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Armando Salvatore ;Etnográfica 2006, 10 1

Autor: Dale F. Eickelman



Etnográfica ISSN: 0873-6561 Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia Portugal Eickelman, Dale F.; Salvatore, Armando PUBLIC ISLAM AND THE COMMON GOOD Etnográfica, vol.
10, núm.
1, mayo, 2006, pp.
97-105 Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia Lisboa, Portugal Available in: How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Public Islam and the common good PUBLIC ISLAM AND THE COMMON GOOD Dale F.
Eickelman and Armando Salvatore The article discusses the historical and contemporary emergence of a sense of an Islamic public in a variety of Muslim majority societies and elsewhere.
These manifestations of “public Islam” facilitate discussions concerning how to define the common good, equitable solutions to collective problems, shifting boundaries of inclusion and exclusion, and practices that encourage the emergence of a “public” Islam. Compared to notions of public sphere developed within Western social theory, the article shows that the public sphere is no prerogative of Western modern societies nor of democratic political systems.
The study demonstrates that also semi-formal and informal articulations of Muslim identities can facilitate the emergence of public, and therefore accountable, forms of Islam. KEYWORDS: public sphere, civil society, accountability, Islam. N ow more than ever, secular and religious Muslims have to confront issues concerning “public Islam and the common good” in open and public debate.1 Colombia may still lead the world in the number of deaths directly attributable to terrorism, but the events of September 11, 2001, the October 2002 bombings in Bali, the May 2003 “kamikaze” attacks in Saudi Arabia and M...

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