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Madawi Al-Rasheed, Carool Kersten, and Marat Shterin
Madawi Al-Rasheed, Carool Kersten, and Marat Shterin, editors, Demystifying the Caliphate: Historical Memory and Contemporary Contexts. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Madawi al-Rasheed (MAR): The concept of the caliphate has become a scary term invoked by both politicians and activists. Since 9/11, politicians in the West and the Muslim world invoke the word to scare constituencies or justify ...Keep Reading »
Madawi Al-Rasheed is Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on history, society, religion, and politics in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, Middle Eastern Christian minorities, Arab migration, national and global Islamist movements, transnational Gulf connections and state and gender relations in Saudi Arabia. Her publications include Politics in an Arabian Oasis (I. B. Tauris, 1991); A History of Saudi Arabia (second edition, Cambridge, 2010); Counter Narratives: History, Contemporary Society and Politics in Saudi Arabia and Yemen (Palgrave, 2004); Transnational Connections and the Arab Gulf (Routledge, 2005); Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation (Cambridge, 2007); Kingdom without Borders: Saudi Political, Religious and Media Frontiers (Hurst,2008); Dying for Faith: Religiously Motivated Violence in the Contemporary World (I. B. Tauris, 2009); and Demystifying the Caliphate (Oxford, 2013). Her short articles can be found here and here. Her most recent book, A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi Arabia, is published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. She can be followed on Twitter at @MadawiDr.
Carool Kersten is Senior Lecturer in the study of Islam and the Muslim World at King’s College, London. He previously taught at the Centre of Graduate and International Studies at Payap University in Chiang Mai (Thailand). Dr Kersten also is a Research Associate of the Centre for South East Asian Studies at SOAS and the editor of the book series Contemporary Thought in the Islamic World for Ashgate Publishing. He serves on the international advisory boards of the Journal of Global and International Studies, Sociology of Islam Journal (Brill), and the Journal of Contemporary Islam in Indonesia. He is working on two books about Islam in Indonesia. Aside from Islam in Southeast Asia, his key research areas include the intellectual history of the modern Muslim world, contemporary Muslim thinkers, and modern Islam in transnational and global contexts. He is the author of Cosmopolitans and Heretics: New Muslim Intellectuals and the Study of Islam and co-editor of Demystifying the Caliphate (Oxford, 2013). He maintains a blog called Critical Muslims.
Marat Shterin is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Religion at King’s College, London. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and was awarded the Robert McKenzie Prize for outstanding performance in PhD research. His research is concerned with various aspects of religion and society, and particular New Religious Movements (NRMs), new Islamic groups, and new Charismatic and Pentecostal Christian groups in Western and Eastern Europe; religion, conflict, and violence; religion, state, law, and human rights. He is the author of Religion in the Remaking of Russia (Hurst, 2013) and the co-editor of Muslim Young People in UK and Russia (special issue of the Journal of Religion, State, and Society, June-September 2011); Dying for Faith: Religiously Motivated Violence in the Contemporary World (I. B. Tauris, 2009); and Demystifying the Caliphate (Oxford, 2013).