Transnationalizing Multiple Secularities: A Comparative Study of the Global Ismaՙili Community

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Text : Journal article
Creator
  • Magout, Mohammad
Collective Title
  • Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung
    Vol. 44, No. 3 (2019)
Publication Date
2019-07
Embargo End Date
2020-01-24
Publication Place
Cologne
Contributor
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Editor)
Publisher
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Language
English
Free Keywords
Secularity; internal secularization; Isma’ilism; transnational religious movements; Khoja; East Africa; Aga Khan III.
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  • Abstract

    This article starts with and proceeds from empirical observations about the ways international Ismaՙili students at two institutes for Islamic studies in London draw boundaries between religion and other spheres in their everyday life. According to these observations, students from Ismaՙili communities in Iran, Tajikistan, and Syria tend to make more explicit distinctions between a religious domain and a secular one in comparison with their Khoja coreligionists of East African descent. In order to explain this disparity, structural, ideological, and social conditions in their respective countries and communities are analyzed using the framework of multiple secularities. It is argued that while Ismaՙili communities in Iran, Tajikistan, and Syria have each internalized a motif of secularity from its broader national context, Khoja Ismaՙili communities have developed their own form of secularity, which can be described in terms of internal secularization. This article makes a contribution to the multiple secularities framework by extending its application to the transnational domain and to the analysis of secularity within religious communities. Furthermore, the article offers a comparative approach to the study the role of religion in global Ismaՙilism.
  • Series Information

    Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung Vol. 44, No. 3 (2019): Special Issue: Islamicate Secularities in Past and Present.

    Starting Point and Frequency: Year: 1979, Issues per volume: 4, Volumes per year: 1

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