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Pan-Islam   By: (1874-)

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In G. Wyman Bury's book, he delves into the complex topic of Pan-Islamism, providing readers with a comprehensive and insightful analysis of its historical context, development, and implications. Despite its age, "Pan-Islam" remains an essential read for those seeking to understand the roots of modern Muslim identity and its geopolitical impact.

Bury excels in presenting a well-researched narrative, drawing on a wide range of sources to support his arguments. The book primarily focuses on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a pivotal period where Pan-Islamic movements gained momentum amidst the crumbling of the Ottoman Empire. Throughout the pages, Bury paints a vivid picture of influential figures such as Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, Muhammad Abduh, and even touches upon the controversial figures like Sayyid Qutb. By exploring their intellectual contributions and political aspirations, Bury unveils the complex web of ideas and ideologies shaping Pan-Islamism.

One of the strengths of Bury's book is his ability to connect Pan-Islamism to broader historical currents, illustrating its interplay with European colonialism, nationalist movements, and the emergence of political Islam. He carefully analyzes the tensions between Pan-Islamism's intellectual ambitions and the practical challenges it faced in an era of nationalism and modern state-building. This historical depth allows readers to grasp the complexities of the movement, highlighting how its legacy continues to influence contemporary debates on the Muslim world's relationship with the West and internal struggles for religious and cultural identity.

Moreover, Bury excels in presenting different perspectives and nuanced interpretations of Pan-Islamism, avoiding simplifications and superficial generalizations. He acknowledges the diversity of thought within the movement, examining its moderate and radical factions, and dissecting the intricate relationship between Pan-Islam and Pan-Arabism.

While the book offers a scholarly examination of Pan-Islamism, it may prove challenging for readers with limited knowledge of Islamic history or geopolitical dynamics. Bury assumes a certain level of familiarity with the subject matter, occasionally leading to dense, complex arguments that might require additional background reading for comprehension.

Despite this potential limitation, "Pan-Islam" remains an important resource for researchers, academics, and anyone interested in understanding the roots of modern Muslim political thought. Bury's meticulous research, combined with his clear passion for the topic, ensures that readers are presented with a thorough exploration of Pan-Islamism in an accessible and engaging manner.

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PAN ISLAM

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED LONDON . BOMBAY . CALCUTTA . MADRAS MELBOURNE

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY NEW YORK . BOSTON . CHICAGO DALLAS . SAN FRANCISCO

THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD. TORONTO

PAN ISLAM

BY

G. WYMAN BURY

Author of "The Land of Us," "Arabia Infelix."

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED ST. MARTIN'S STREET, LONDON 1919

TO

MY WIFE

PREFACE

I have written this book to present the main factors of a many sided problem political, social and religious in a form which the general public can easily grasp.

Modern democratic principles tend to give the public increasing control of international and inter racial affairs, and therefore any contribution to public knowledge on such questions is in the interests of sound administration.

The book is not intended to advise those who actually handle these affairs: I give such advice, when required, in more detail and not through the medium of a published work.

"Pan Islam" is an elementary handbook, not a text book still less an exhaustive treatise, but the questions it discusses are real enough. My qualifications for writing it are based on a quarter of a century's experience of the subject in most parts of the Moslem world, and I have studied the question in areas which I have not actually visited through intercourse with pilgrims from those parts... Continue reading book >>




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