Saunders - The Ummah as a Nation: A reappraisal in the wake of the 'Cartoons Affair'
“Cartoons” affair from Dutch newspaper Jyllands-Posten caused riots to break out against the Dutch embassies worldwide and lead to halted exports.
- Saunders attempts to debunk the notion that the Ummah is not a political identity
- Muslims living in a disapora constitute a “nation on the move”
- Similar to pilgrims or Blumi - Ottoman Refugees, 1878-1939
- This is somewhat unconvincing when he uses the “American immigrant experience”
- Rather than trying to dominate a place deﬁned by physical territory (e.g. Leeds, Pakistan, or the Middle East), these elites are seeking inﬂuence over a space conceived around human beings (i.e. the Muslim world including its exclaves in the West), although there are certainly some groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir that would like to see the black ﬂag of the caliphate ﬂying over London.
- This seems out of place and ignores history, Muslims in the past have seen distinct people as focal points
- Anderson - Imagined Communities’s description of “nations on the move”
- Notably unqualfied assertions of economic impact
- Through internet-enabled virtuality and diasporic marginalisation, the ummah – more so than at any time in the past – is functioning as an ersatz nation.