Monday, December 23, 2013

Resurgence of Islam Today

By Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
December 23, 2013
In the recent decades, the whole Muslim world has witnessed a great resurgence of Islam in both personal as well as in public life. We notice that in the personal level more outward religious identity or symbols are being in the use; for example, there is a noticeable rise in the number of Muslim men who have started sporting beard and similarly women wearing burqa. In the public sphere, new Islamic governments or republics have been established in Iran, Sudan, and Afghanistan. In the political sphere, Muslim banners are seen a lot.
According to John O Voll, the causes for the “resurgence of Islam” are many. During the 20th century, many, in fact, almost all Islamic empires were destroyed and replaced by modern nation-states. Voll says that between the two Great Wars, most of the newly created states won their independence from European colonial rulers. But, many of the rulers were placed on their thrones by the colonial nations. The situation was such that European culture influenced these societies. There was total dominance of the “Western” society over the so-called “Islamic” society. So national, social, cultural, as well as religious identity remained unresolved.
Vincent J Cornell, in ‘The Fruit of the Tree’ says that “once these modern nation-states were created in the Muslim world”, it was expected of them that

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