"MODERN THINGS ON TRIAL: ISLAM'S GLOBAL AND MATERIAL REFORM IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY"
Leor Halevi, Vanderbilt University
In cities awakening to global exchange under European imperial rule, Muslim societies encountered all sorts of strange and wonderful new things. As Muslims consumers adopted toilet paper, gramophone records, brimmed hats, lottery tickets, and many other novel commodities and technologies, they provoked profound religious debates and effectively reformed Islamic practices. Professor Halevi's new book, Modern Things on Trial, tells the story of this material reformation in a global framework.
Leor Halevi is Professor of History and Law at Vanderbilt University.