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Inner Islam, passion and disenchantment

Publisher’s Introduction

The contemporary evolution of Islam worries or fascinates. It involves millions of believers, living in societies with a Muslim “tradition” in the midst of upheaval or in new, deeply “secularized” territories such as France and Europe. But often the reference points coming from the interiority of Islam are missing, which would allow us to observe its permanence and to qualify its recompositions. With this book, which combines sociological analyses and an ethnographic approach, Leïla Babès proposes a new conceptualization of the relationship between lived Islam and constructed Islam.

Présentation de l’éditeur

L’évolution contemporaine de l’islam inquiète ou fascine. Elle implique des millions de croyants, vivant dans des sociétés de “tradition” musulmane en plein bouleversement ou dans des territoires nouveaux profondément “sécularisés” comme la France et l’Europe. Mais souvent manquent les repères provenant de l’intériorité de l’islam qui permettraient d’en observer les permanences et d’en qualifier les recompositions. Avec ce livre qui combine les analyses sociologiques et l’approche ethnographique, Leïla Babès propose une conceptualisation nouvelle des rapports entre l’islam vécu et l’islam construit.

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