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Compelling and original, this book offers a unique insight into the modern Islamic corporation, revealing how power, relationships, individual identities, gender roles, and practices - and often massive financial resources - are mobilized on behalf of Islam. Focusing on Muslims in Malaysia, Patricia Sloane-White argues that sharia principles in the region's Islamic economy produce a version of Islam that is increasingly conservative, financially and fiscally powerful, and committed to social control over Muslim and non-Muslim public and private lives. Packed with fascinating details, the book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Islamic politics and culture in modern life.Read more
- Provides unprecedented access to the inner workings of major corporations run by leading Muslim business executives
- Presents insights into managerial policies and experiences rarely seen in Muslim settings through a behind-the-scene look at the day-to-day workplace practices of corporate personnel
- Insights into religious practices in a modern corporate economy are presented in their most modern guise
- Explores and presents the philanthropic and charitable giving practices that fund Islamic activities, offering a new look at 'corporate social responsibility' which allows readers to develop an understanding of how money is mobilized in corporate life for advancing the cause of Islam and Islamization
- Honourable mention, 2018 Distinguished Book Award, Asian Law and Society Association
Reviews & endorsements
'This volume contributes a fine-grained ethnographic analysis of the corporation as a key site of Islamic moral production in late capitalism. Tracing the 'trajectory and emplacement' of Sharia in the modern Malaysian corporate workplace, Sloane-White provides an engrossing account of the spaces of work wherein both subjectivities and livelihoods are made and remade.' Laura Elder, Anthropology of Work ReviewSee more reviews
'This is a gem of a book, meticulously researched and incisively analyzed by the author, of a social site not usually accessible to scholars and ethnographers of Islam. The sometimes mundane but most times powerful life-changing workplace is easily missed as a site which informs the turns and tides of potent religious movements. The over-reliance on politics in explaining religious dynamics has led to another crucial location of 'religion making' being overlooked, a 'third space' that is neither 'fully ‘public’ nor in any way ‘private'', according to the author … It is in addressing this gap that Corporate Islam makes its mark. … All eight chapters are riveting, each bringing out the various dimensions of a flourishing Islamic corporate sphere.' Maznah Mohamad, Pacific Affairs
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- Date Published: November 2018
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781316635452
- length: 248 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 157 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.3kg
- contains: 2 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Corporate Islam
2. The scholar-elites of sharia: men of the mosque and the market
3. The corporate elites of sharia
4. Sharia divisions of labor: khalifah and God's 'human resources'
5. How divisions of labor are gendered: sharia, women, and the priviliges of men
6. Zakat and its transformations: a pillar of corporate Islam
7. Islamic corporate social responsibility and the 'public good'
8. Corporate lives, sharia, and the 'small Islamic state'.
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