Being Muslim, being cosmopolitan: Transgressing the liberal global

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The practices and concepts of Muslim cosmopolitanism are rooted in Islamic ideas, providing the foundations for informal "comings together" that foster new kinds of ethical communities. Muslim cosmopolitanism transgresses global normative aspirations of the liberal West that attempt to impose a singular way of being a global citizen. The informal, ethical communities that are inherent to a Muslim cosmopolitan vision also reject the absolutist visions of Islamists, such as those promoted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which, like Western liberal aspirations, attempt to impose a singular vision of the global. The article traces Muslim cosmopolitan ethics in the transgressive, informal, fluid, and temporary coming together on Tahrir Square in Cairo in the January 25 Revolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-49
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of International and Global Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015


  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Global citizenship
  • ISIS
  • Informality
  • Liberalism
  • Tahrir square
  • Transgression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Sociology and Political Science


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