Islamic Traditions of Refuge in the Crises of Iraq and Syria By Tahir Zaman

Journal of Islamic Studies 28 (3):395-396 (2017)

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© The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.comThis timely book seeks to understand how the ‘stranger’ is conceptualized in the specific Islamic traditions of asylum, refuge and sanctuary and how these constructions are operationalized by Iraqi refugees in Syria. By focusing on the religious experiences of Iraqi forced migrants in Syria, Zaman makes an important contribution to understandings of the refugee experience in the Muslim world, as well as the interaction between religion, the agency of the refugee, and the humanitarian aid regime. This is a powerful and original study of how religious belief and practice underpinned by the agency of the forced migrant operates within and beyond the constraints imposed by the state. Religion here is seen in fresh light as a significant form of socio-cultural capital in the process...
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