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[Book Review]: "The Idea of Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History"
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CitationVlug, J. (2020). [Book Review]: "The Idea of Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History, By Cemil Aydin. Cambridge,MA: Harvard University Press, 2017. Pp. 293. Cloth, $31.00;paper, $16,95, ISBN 9780674050372". Religious Studies Review, 46(1), 104-104.
his volume questions the geopolitical construct of an in-ternally unified and monolithic “Muslim world” and how thisnotion has been used (and misused) to support both Muslim ex-ceptionalism and Islamophobia. Aydin claims that the idea of animagined global Muslim unity—whether invoked by Muslims ornon-Muslims—is misleading and ahistorical. Rather than beingunited by religious solidarity against an imagined religious andcivilizational Other, Aydin argues, rival Muslim dynasties his-torically have competed among themselves and have alternatedbetween strategic alliances with non-Muslims based on differ-ing interests and political agendas...