miriam cooke

Muslim Networks: From Hajj to Hip Hop (UNC Press, 2005)

co-editor: Bruce Lawrence

Crucial to understanding Islam is a recognition of the role of Muslim networks. The earliest networks were Mediterranean trade routes that quickly expanded into transregional paths for pilgrimage, scholarship, and conversion, each network complementing and reinforcing the others. This volume selects major moments and key players from the seventh century to the twenty-first that have defined Muslim networks as the building blocks for Islamic identity and social cohesion.

Although neglected in scholarship, Muslim networks have been invoked in the media to portray post-9/11 terrorist groups. Here, thirteen essays provide a long view of Muslim networks, correcting both scholarly omission and political sloganeering. New faces and forces appear, raising questions never before asked. What does the fourteenth-century North African traveler Ibn Battuta have in common with the American hip hopper Mos Def? What values and practices link Muslim women meeting in Cairo, Amsterdam, and Atlanta? How has technology raised expectations about new transnational pathways that will reshape the perception of faith, politics, and gender in Islamic civilization?


Published Reviews:

  • Tikkun 20/3 May-June 2005
  • Chronicle of Higher Education (New Scholarly Books selection) June 17, 2005
  • Choice July 2005
  • ISIM Review Editor’s Pick Summer 2005
  • The Book Review (Indian edition) (7) 2005
  • Republika February 23, 2006
  • Journal of Religious History 2006
  • The Telegraph (Calcutta) August 2006
  • Indian Economic and Social History Review Fall 2006
  • IJMES May 2007 39/2
  • Journal of the American Academy of Religion Fall 2008 (pp.1013-1018)