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Varieties of Muslim Experience: Encounters with Arab Political and Cultural Life

Lawrence Rosen


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 bomb ... More

Keywords: Arab Muslims, Westerners, portraiture, fundamentalism, Muslim scientist, Prophet, blasphemous cartoons, interpersonal relationships, suicide bombing, Quran

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226726168
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226726182.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Rosen, author