Islam on the Street deals with the popular side of Islam, as described not only in tracts and manuals written by Sufi shaykhs and Islamist thinkers from among the more militant groups in Islam, but also in writings by other, more secular thinkers who have also influenced public opinion. Muhsin al-Musawi explains the growing rift that has occurred between the secular intellectual-the forerunner of Arab and Islamic modernity since the late nineteenth century-and the upsurge of Islamic fervor in the street, at the grassroots level, and what these secular intellectuals can do to reconnect with the masses.
Muhsin al-Musawi is professor of Arabic literature at Columbia University.
Preface: Islam in Literary Production Chapter 1: Roads Not Taken: Arab Modernity and the Loose Ties with the Street Chapter 2: Before Bidding Farewell: What do Narratives of Education Say? Chapter 3: The Religious Dynamic: Recruitments in Political Vacuum Chapter 4: Mass Culture Narratives Chapter 5: In the Aftermath of Failures: The Reliance on Popular Religious Politics Chapter 6: The Search for Islam Chapter 7: The Bifurcated Poetic: Islam as Poetry Conclusions Index