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Transnational Learning Networks Amongst Asian Muslims: An Introduction*

  • CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT (a1)
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The students of transnational flows, including James Rosenau,1 have pertinently highlighted the growing assertion of ‘sovereign free actors’ at the expense of ‘sovereign bound actors’ in what they call postinternational politics.2 Dealing mostly with the end of the Cold War era, they have tended to focus on the increasingly important role of not only the multinational firms but also of the financial companies on newly globalized markets, and not only law-abiding but also illicit traffickers (of drugs, arms etc.) which have prospered along with increasingly more effective means of communication.

They have almost completely ignored the transnationalization of religions, except from the point of view of fundamentalisms and related terrorist networks. Sociologists have paid more attention to this development.3 But these studies, which have mostly focused on the impact of migrations,4 have tended to under estimate the resilience of state boundaries5 and have often neglected the circulation of ideas, especially from the point of view of the learning networks—the very object of this Special Issue which concentrates on one particular creed: Islam.

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The papers in this Special Issue are drawn from a workshop that Christophe Jaffrelot and Miriam Künkler co-organized under the title, ‘Networks of Religious Learning and the Dissemination of Religious Knowledge across the Middle East and Asia’, and held in Hong Kong in June 2012 under the framework of the SSRC Initiative on Inter-Asian Connections III. The organisers are grateful to the sponsor of this event and to the participants to the meetings during which the original papers were discussed.

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Eliezer Ben-Rafael and Sternberg Yitzhak (eds), World Religions and Multiculturalism: a Dialectic Relation, Leiden, Brill, 2010

Cecilia Menjívar . ‘Religious Institutions and Transnationalism: A Case Study of Catholic and Evangelical; Salvadoran Immigrants’, International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society,12 (4): 1999, 589611

Steven Vertovec and Ceri Peach (eds), Islam in Europe: The Politics of Religion and Community, London, Macmillan Press, Ltd.1997

Olivia Sheringham , Transnational Religious Spaces: Faith and the Brazilian Migration Experience, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillian, 2013

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