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In Western well known mind's eye, the Caliphate frequently inspires an array of unfavourable pictures, whereas rallies organised in aid of resurrecting the Caliphate are handled with a mix of apprehension and disdain, as though they have been the 1st steps in the direction of usurping democracy. but those photographs and perceptions have little to do with fact. whereas a few Muslims should be nostalgic for the Caliphate, in simple terms only a few at the present time search to make that dream come precise. but the Caliphate could be evoked as a strong rallying name and a logo that attracts on an imagined prior and eager for reproducing or emulating it as an awesome Islamic polity. The Caliphate at the present time is a contested proposal between many actors within the Muslim global, Europe and past, the reinvention and imagining of which could look complicated to so much people. Demystifying the Caliphate sheds gentle on either the old debates following the loss of life of the final Ottoman Caliphate and controversies surrounding fresh calls to resurrect it, transcending alarmist agendas to reply to basic questions on why the reminiscence of the Caliphate lingers on between diversified Muslims. From London to the Caucasus, to Jakarta, Istanbul, and Baghdad, the individuals discover the concept that of the Caliphate and the re-imagining of the Muslim ummah as a various multi-ethnic group.

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By amplifying developments in the world’s largest Muslim nation-state, including reactions to the caliphate debate, this book seeks to make a contribution to correcting that dual marginalization. â•… In the context of the present examination of the ways in which the historical and conceptual caliphate continues to feature in the mind of contemporary Muslims, South-East Asia admittedly occupies an exceptional position. Historical and archaeological evidence indicates that, even though relations between South-East Asia and the Middle East date back to preIslamic times and Muslim visitors, and later expatriate communities, were present in emporiums and other centres of commerce for centuries, local chronicles record that it was not until the fifteenth century that rulers began converting to Islam.

Contributors to this section identify important conditions associated with late modernity that give an impetus to both the revival of the caliphate idea among diverse Muslims and an outright rejection of it by some. This includes identifying competing claims to the caliphate among contemporary Muslims who belong to a variety of national and ethnic societies. This allows us to distinguish between various ways of imagining the Muslim polity in which the tension between a global Muslim identity and a narrow ethnic belonging is still far from being resolved, despite decades of globalization and, more recently, pervasive virtual communication technology.

37 â•—Marat Shterin and Akhmet Yarlykapov, ‘Reconsidering Radicalisation and Terrorism: The New Muslim Movements in Kabardino-Balkaria and its Path to Violence’, Journal of Religion, State, and Society, 39, 2/3 (2011), 303–326. 35 17 DEMYSTIFYING THE CALIPHATE through restoration of the historical caliphate. These movements seek alternatives to the failing post-Soviet institutions and old communities that they see as morally corrupt and economically unviable. However, the situation of continuing political instability, compounded by persecution at the hands of local authorities, can contribute to extremist radicalization of some of these new groups and their trend towards more militant positions, including extremist conceptualizations of the caliphate.

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