Amongst the many themes explored, the book brings together in a single theoretical framework debates on the diversity of Islam, moderate and radical forms of Islamic belief, secularisation, the role of education and socialisation, the impact of globalization processes, and Islamic terrorism and its causes
Resurgent Islam provides a genuinely refreshing sociological alternative to the many politically loaded arguments on Islam and the West'. As such, it encourages deeper reflection on the causes of the current religious resurgence and associated conflicts.
The book will be essential reading for students across the social sciences, and for anyone seeking to understand how Islam has risen to prominence in local, national, and global contexts.
1. Resurgent Islam in a Secular World
2. The Paradox of Secularization
3. Sacrifice and Salvation in 'Islamic Terrorism'
4. Islam and Globalization
5. Clash of Civilizations and Civilizing Processes
6. Secular Establishment and Islamic Outsiders
7. Resurgent Islam and Sociology
British Journal of Sociology
While the sociology of Islam flourished in the early twentieth century, recent contributions to the sociology of 'resurgent Islam' have been modest. Sutton and Vertigans have therefore made an important contribution towards bringing sociology back in. Their highly readable account of Islam draws on sociological studies of suicide, the civilising process, globalization theory, clash of civilisations thesis, secularisation theory and the analysis of the state. The result is a comprehensive theoretical framework that is sociological, scholarly and stimulating. . Bryan S. Turner, National University of Singapore