Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop. Co-edited with miriam cooke. (Chapel Hill; UNC-CH 2005) in new series on Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks
Muslim networks are both an historical and a contemporary phenomenon. Muslim networks have existed since the 7th century. They are characterized by travel and trade throughout the known world of the Mediterranean basin, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Rim. Until the 16th century, Islamic empires controlled large expanses of the world. With the European discovery of the New World, the axis of world power shifted; Muslim networks were de-emphasized. Yet they were also reconfigured as a component element of the capitalist world system, and so one should not underestimate the continuing significance of Muslim networks, above all, their relationship to Muslim collective life in all eras and places.
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