Islamic Myths and Memories Facing the Challenge of Globalization

Itzchak Weismann, Mark Sedgwick, Ulrika Mårtensson

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This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explains specific memories of the past. Ulrika Mrtensson’s challenges the globalized public myth of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, arguing that the novel is a commentary on the medieval myth about the Prophet’s satanic temptation found also in Tabari’s History of the Messengers and the Kings, and for similar purposes. Nimrod Luz looks at the local interests and agendas among Israeli Arabs that result in the production and promotion of specific memories of the Haram, and also shows how the rescaling of the Haram onto a global level functions as a means of resistance to Israeli state authority. The book explores the recent but iconic figure, the late Osama bin Laden. Anne Birgitta Nilsen shows how presentation of bin Laden, first as mujahid, then as statesman, and then as other-worldly figure, manufactured a symbol of resistance out of Muslim collective memory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIslamic Myths and Memories
Subtitle of host publicationMediators of Globalization
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781317112211
ISBN (Print)9781472411495
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Itzchak Weismann, mark sedgwick and Ulrika mårtensson.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Arts and Humanities (all)


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