Borderless Islam and the modern nation state


  • Nasya Bahfen


Given the dichotomy of “Islam and the West” and its currency post-September 11, how do we respond to the question of a modern Islam? This is the key idea that this paper explores, by discussing what Islam represents, and what modernity entails, arguing that Islamic teachings and practices are not necessarily incompatible with modernity, and that the discourse on Islam and modernity and where the two are headed can be legitimately engaged in by Muslims given that Islamic societies are diverse and subject to global influences.


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Bahfen, N. (2011). Borderless Islam and the modern nation state. Intellectual Discourse, 19(1). Retrieved from