The dynamics of the global Ummah as a world-formed factor.

Alla Aristova

Abstract




The author generalizes the most significant quantitative and qualitative changes in the development of the global Muslim community. The article deals with alternative forecasts about rising of global Muslim population, considers reasonable use of the term «geodemographic revolution» to describe the dynamics of Ummah. Specific factors of population growth of Ummah rooted in the lifestyle, family and religious institutions, mass religious consciousness are considered. It is summarized the impact of modern geodemographical processes on political, ideological, institutional, religious characteristics of the global Ummah. It is proved that the new phase of self-organization of the world Ummah for which inherent, among other things, an intense accumulation of demographic resources, active dissemination of Muslim minorities outside their traditional areas of existence, multiplication of Muslim religious and cultural enclaves, processes of new integration of Muslim community and its ability to mobilize a total political, economic, human resources in response to external challenges, etc., can be regarded as an «alternative globalization» of the Muslim world.


Keywords


geodemographic revolution; population projections; the Muslim world; religious institutions; self-organization; the global Ummah.

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