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Politics and Pop Culture in Indonesia

In post-Suharto Indonesia, Islamic political groups have turned to stories of Muslim heroes for inspiration. In that context, a Turkish-made television show about King Suleiman has drawn both attention and criticism...Read More

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John L. Esposito
John L. Esposito Dear Reader:
The recent attacks in Europe aimed to provoke an anti-Islamic overreaction, which plays into the narrative of victimhood that terrorists exploit. But Western societies have an opportunity to respond in a different way... Read full letter
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What's New
  • Learning Resources
    In this update, Yasmeen Daifallah (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) presents a lesson plan on Islamic reformism and its place in modern Arab philosophy.  
  • The Arab Spring
    In this new series of scholarly and journalistic articles, guest contributors explore the major issues surrounding the Arab Spring, from religious discourse to political developments to cultural and artistic expressions...Read more
  • Interviews
    Oliver Scharbrodt, author of Muslims in Ireland: Past and Present, discusses the growth of Islam in traditionally Catholic Ireland.  In addition, OISO explores the ISIS situation, asking the question: how did the group go from being a small but extreme section of the Syrian opposition to a powerful organization in control of a large swath of Iraq and Syria? We asked Robert A. PapeShadi HamidHanin Ghaddar, and Charles Kurzman. Their answers are here.
  • What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, Second Edition
    Here is a fast, centralized path to John Esposito's updated guide to Muslim faith, customs, and political beliefs, based on questions Esposito has been asked by a diverse range of audiences...Read more
What's Inside
  • Nearly 6000 entries from esteemed Oxford works, including the recently published Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, and more.
  • Primary Source documents with editorial commentary provide historical context for important events and major figures in the history of Islam.
  • Learning Resources include thematic guides, lesson plans, bibliographies, a glossary, and other useful tools.
  • Images and Maps provide visual perspectives on global Islam and its historical development.
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