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Militant Islam: a sociology of characteristics, causes and consequences.

Vertigans, Stephen


Stephen Vertigans


Integral to the resurgence of Islam have been the growing significance of the umma (Islamic 'community') and the perceptions of a global Muslim community or nation. Reasons for these trans-national feelings and loyalties include changing patterns of communication and transportation associated with globalisation and the perceived movement towards supranational and subnational collectivities identified across nation-states. Clearly, globalisation is central to understanding both the processes by which attachments to Islam globally are established today and the networks within which they are expressed. Through globalisation universal affiliations between Muslims and common loyalties are strengthened. Less attention has been placed upon how the umma has been adapted by militant Muslims to engender trans-national support. Similarly the reasons why Muslims have become attracted by this wider form of allegiance at the expense of localised ethnic and national identities require further exploration. The file for this record represents only a sample chapter from the whole work, which is available for purchase from the publisher.

Book Type Monograph
Publication Date Oct 30, 2008
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISBN 9780415412452
Institution Citation VERTIGANS, S. 2009. Militant Islam: a sociology of characteristics, causes and consequences. Abingdon: Routledge [online]. Available from:
Keywords Islamic militancy; Systematic approach; Religion; Social movements; Terrorism; War on terror; Counterterrorism
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