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Analyzing the relationship between globalization and cultures is the core objective of this volume. In it leading experts track cultural trends in all regions of the world, covering issues ranging from the role of cultural difference in politics and governance to heritage conservation, artistic expression, and the cultural industries. The book also includes a data section that consolidates the recently commenced but still inchoate work of cultural indicators.

Islam: Between Religious-Cultural Practice and Identity Politics
Islam: Between religious-cultural practice and identity politics

The late 20th and early 21st centuries are characterized by the rise of the Islamic civilization to the forefront of world affairs. A belief within Islam of a cross-cultural umma, or a collective civilizational community has taken hold in response to the perceived cultural threat of modernity and the forces of structural globalization. This has politicized culture and religion; this politicization in turn has given rise to a conflict-saturated discourse of Islamic civilization that causes tensions amongst Muslims themselves and between Muslims and non-Muslim others. Within contemporary Islam, new forms of ‘imagined community’, identity politics, invention of tradition, selective revival of cultural heritage, and construction of collective memories, all serve to reinforce ...

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