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'Alternate' Globalities? On The Cultures And Formats Of Transnational Muslim Networks From South Asia

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This chapter explores the concepts and approaches of transnational Muslim groups from South Asia pursuing their own religious, cultural and political agendas from salvation to emancipation and development. The chapter seeks to contribute to the understanding of Muslim global networks and how they are adapting to the current processes of globalisation creating separate visions of the world and 'alternate globalities'. It focuses on those emanating from South Asia, a region which on the back of an expansive South Asian diaspora has generated a rising number of translocal and transnational Muslim networks. This process of expansion in South Asia and beyond was marked by a growing differentiation. It followed both doctrinal and cultural markers. The Deobandi school of thought considered itself thoroughly reformist, i.e. oriented towards islah, although it still followed taqlid with regard to its own concept.

Keywords: alternate globalities; Deobandi school; doctrinal differentiation; emancipation politics; islah; religio-cultural milieu; South Asia; taqlid; transnational Muslim network



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