In an interesting article the author describes how the Islamic Revival has come to Bangladesh. Nationalism and Bengali ethnicity has given way to an Islamist identity. In parallel to the transformation in Bangladesh is a similar revival in the Bengali community in England. While the author’s causal explanation may or may not be correct, the description of the cultural change is similar to what I’ve read elsewhere.
This is happening through out the world, even in these isolated Islamic communities. Besides Bangladesh, I’ve read this is happening in British Columbia where those from the India sub-continent of Hindu and Muslim backgrounds often found a common bond in the fact of Anglo prejudice. The authority of Arab Salafists on matters Islamic is often accepted uncritically. And why not, they have the Koran and Hadith on their side?