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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Preview — Globalized Islam by Olivier Roy. They cannot be typecast any more. Roger Green rated it really liked it Jan 18, The new factor is, of course, the US intervention in Iraq: 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.

In this interview, Olivier Roy shares some of his observations, as well as developments in his analysis, with the readers of Religioscope.

Roy examines the sociology of Muslim response to globalization, focusing on identity politics, as many Muslims specifically in Europe respond to what he terms the “deterritorialisation” produced by globalization by a resurgence of “neofundamentalism. Nor is it true that secularisation leads to democracy.

Aug 12, Alex Zakharov rated it really liked it. Jan 05, Lamiya flobalized it liked it. It often contains a large dose of anti-intellectualism and leads to a more emotional, belief-based religiosity.

Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah by Olivier Roy

At various parts of the book Roy compares and contrasts neo fundamentalists, Islamists and traditional conservatives which is absolutely fascinating. The revival of Islam among Muslim populations is often wrongly seen as a backlash against westernisation rather than as one of its consquences. The Internet can clearly be seen as a facilitator of those developments that you analyse. The Search for a New UmmahLondon: The search for a new ummah, Today’s Turkey: The Internet also allows the creation of window institutions: He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Islamic trends around the world, and is right up to the minute in relentlessly searching for evidence and ideas golbalized the growing number of Lslam websites and chatrooms.


Neither one offers any specific solutions, because such solutions do not exist, but both demonstrate the incredible complexity of the phenomena under investigation. These works include Globalized Islam: Trying to create an Islamic state makes no sense for groups who are minorities and will remain minorities for decades to come.

Working from this premise, Olivier Roy’s career as one of the west’s most knowledgeable scholars of “Islam in practice” has been devoted to combating its demonisation. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Globalized Islam – Interview with Olivier Roy

Thus, a religious purist may want to keep religion out of politics and actually be an agent of secularization. Share on Google Plus Share. Secular France treats Muslim as a religion, while historically religious Roj which has an official state church treats Muslims as ethnicity. Paperbackpages. At the heart of this development is, on the one hand, the voluntary settlement of Muslims in Western societies and, on the other, the pervasiveness and influence of Western cultural models and social norms.


He also serves on the editorial board of the academic journal Central Asian Survey.

His analysis is bottom-up, featuring a host of websites of various “neofundamentalists” along with more established texts. We may deplore the relative absence of liberal reformist thinkers in Islam, but that is also a problem with global Protestantism.

At times it felt incredibly orientalist, and at others he seemed to hit the nail. The issue is not whether democracy is on the rou, Roy argues. His most recent work is Secularism Confronts Islam Columbia, Since hearing lecture at the Camden conference, Roy has always shade a different perspective on political Islam.

Roy examines how Muslim intellectuals have made it possible for Muslims to isla in a secularized world while maintaining the identity of a “true believer. Much like Reza Aslan, Roy places radicals in context. He writes of French Muslims who let their children attend Christmas parties at school, or joined the communist-led union in the car plants that employed them – which led in islm to the union pushing for prayer-rooms at the workplace.

Global Islam is a deculturated Islam.