Olivier Roy argues that Islamic revival, or ‘re-Islamisation’, results from the efforts of westernised Muslims to assert their identity in a non-Muslim context. Olivier Roy discussed his latest book, Globalized Islam, in which he argues that Islamic revival has resulted from the Muslim diaspora´s efforts. Olivier Roy’s Globalized Islam. Much of the current turmoil in the Muslim world and the tensions between. West and East can be traced back to.

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The interview was conducted online in November Olivier Roy — Recent terrorist actions have confirmed what I said about the de-territorialization and Westernization of the radicals, but I updated the book to give some more input.

To ask other readers questions about Globalized Islamplease sign up. Jul 31, Ismail rated it really liked it. As much complementary and a direct sequel to his Failure of Political Islam thesis, Roy skillfully weaves an exposition not only about Islam globalised, but also Islam around the globe.

Harith Alrashid rated it liked it Oct 05, He shows how neofundamentalism acknowledges without nostalgia the loss of pristine cultures, constructing instead a universal religious identity that transcends the very notion of culture. If you reform enough individuals, you reform society.


Mar 01, Graham rated it really liked it. Sikhs vow to fight turban law. Roy’s Globalised Islam is one of the most ambitious book about normative Islam I have ever encountered. Another of Roy’s fascinating points is that Muslims in the west are no longer foreigners.

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In practice politics corrupts religion, not the other way around. Aug 12, Alex Zakharov rated it really liked it. Of course another irony is that by emphasizing the gap between culture and religion neo fundamentalists actually help secularize societies where the attempt to preserve that gap are actually successful.

Religioscope — Your book states that secularization has been proceeding at the same time as the revival of religion.

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A journalist as much as an academic, Roy’s insights are refreshingly based on concrete data. This change equally affects Muslims in Muslim countries.

Nor is it true that secularisation leads to democracy. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Roy examines the sociology of Muslim response to globalization, olvier on identity politics, as many Muslims specifically in Europe respond to what he terms the “deterritorialisation” produced by globalization by a resurgence of “neofundamentalism. This is not recommended for the faint of heart or for amateurs, but it’s an excellent examination of the current Muslim world.

ollvier The issue is not whether democracy is on the move, Roy argues. Read our cookies policy. Gemma Gall rated it really liked it Feb 18, It is a standard text for students of political Islam.


Still, lots to chew over. Higher education Society books Politics books islsm. Jan 05, Lamiya rated it liked it. Do the developments confirm your original analysis, or have you had to revise some of your assessments?

Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah

About Religioscope Launched in JanuaryReligioscope is an independent website about religions in today’s world. In one typical example he writes of the complex religiosity of a Tunisian who islsm wine in a Parisian corner-shop, attends a mosque, donates money to a fundamentalist organisation, and votes for the Front National because he’s upset about crime.

Neofundamentalism has been gaining ground among a rootless Muslim youth–particularly among the second- and third-generation migrants in the West–and this phenomenon is feeding new forms of eoy, ranging from support for Al Qaeda to the outright rejection of integration into Western society. In it he takes his earlier argument forward by focusing on what he calls post-Islamism or “globalised Islam”.