Varieties of Muslim ExperienceEncounters with Arab Political and Cultural Life

Varieties of Muslim ExperienceEncounters with Arab Political and Cultural Life

Lawrence Rosen

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226726168

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

This book focuses on Arab Muslims and aspects of their lives that are, at first glance, perplexing to Westerners. It ranges over such diverse topics as why Arabs eschew portraiture, why a Muslim scientist might be attracted to fundamentalism, and why the Prophet must be protected from blasphemous cartoons. What connects these seemingly disparate features of Arab social, political, and cultural life? The book argues that the common thread is the importance Arabs place on the negotiation of interpersonal relationships—a link that helps to explain actions as seemingly unfathomable as suicide bombing and as elusive as the interpretation of the Quran.