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Islam and the European Empires

David Motadel


At the height of the imperial age, European powers ruled over most parts of the Islamic world. The British, French, Russian and Dutch empires each governed more Muslims than any independent Muslim state. European politicians and colonial officials believed Islam to be of great political significance, and were quite cautious when it came to matters of the religious life of their Muslim subjects. In the colonies, European authorities regularly employed Islamic religious leaders and institutions to bolster imperial rule. At the same time, the European presence in Muslim lands was confronted by re ... More

Keywords: Islam, Muslim, Europe, empire, religion, imperialism, colonialism, anti-imperialism, anti-colonialism, jihad

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199668311
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Motadel, editor
Research Fellow in History, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

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