New Book: Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context

Dear all,

I am pleased to announce that Prof Tahir Abbas and I have a new edited volume that has just been published by Syracuse University Press. InPolitical Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in a Global Context,we share new international perspectives on Muslim young people, presenting them as agents of creative social change and as active participants in cultural and community organizations where resistance leads to negotiated change.  In a series of case studies that cross the globe, contributors capture the experiences of being young and Muslim in ten countries; America, Canada, Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Indonesia. They examine urban youth from various socioeconomic backgrounds, addressing issues that range from hybrid identities and student activism to the strategic use of music and social media. With diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches, Political Muslims provides readers with a nuanced understanding of the everyday social, economic, and political realities of young people.


“Muslim youth, like Muslims in general and Islam itself, resist narrow stereotypes and incendiary shibboleths. In Political Muslimsboth Islamism and Islamic radicalization are addressed, but so are music, sports and education. Indeed, no topic, no problem and no prejudice is omitted from this comprehensive, insightful and timely volume. Highly recommended for all categories of academics but also for all engaged in the new global politics marked by religious and cultural identities.”

–Bruce B. Lawrence, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies, Duke University

“Political Muslims represents a significant work insofar as it provides an important and valuable alternative portrait of socially and politically engaged Muslim youth mobilizing their religious identity and particular interpretations of religion in ways that allow them to pursue political agendas.”

–Peter Mandaville, professor of international affairs, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University


Intended readership:

Will be of interest to scholars and researchers in the fields of Islamic Studies, Political Science, Sociology of Religion, Youth Studies and Ethnic Minority Studies.


      About the Editors:

Tahir Abbas is currently Assistant Professor at the Institute Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague. His most recent book is Contemporary Turkey in Conflict: Ethnicity, Islam, and Politics(Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Sadek Hamid is author of Sufis, Salafis, and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism. (I.B Tauris, 2017) and co-author of British Muslims: New Directions in Islamic Thought, Creativity & Activism (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

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Best wishes