Well now that this ball is rolling:
First, I have no idea where this Gold Cup crap comes from, never heard of it. It may be the case that some Muslims somewhere believe in something that silly, but it’s not anything I’ve heard about.
Tamerlane really covers the core material and it is hard for me to add stuff that is likely to be accessible, as well as me having records of, but let me cite some things that I have in my library at the moment that Tamerlane has not already cited:
Ma’oz, Moshe & Sheffer, Gabriel. Middle Eastern Minorities & Diasporas*. Sussex 2002. 267pgs Interesting collection of essays on exactly what the title covers, modern political coverage.
Binder, Leonard. Ethnic Conflict & International Politics in The Middle East.[/u[ U. Florida Press, 1999.
Roy, Olivier. The Failure of Political Islam Harvard 1994. Socio-political examination of the sociology of Islamism and its various types. Very French in its approach, it has some powerful observations on the inherent failure of the Sunni Salafiste
movements to generate a coherent response, in terms of a coherent socio-political answer or system, to the challenge of Modernization.
Two specific North African works that I found very interesting:
DIALMY, Abdessamad. Logement, sexualité et Islam EDDIF, 1995. Interesting examination of the sociological problems facing modern Islamic urban centers. Discussion of tension between sexualization of space in different systems.
Bennani-Chraibi Mounia. Soumis et rebelles: les jeunes au maroc… Editions Fennec 1995. Similar study, regarding nexus of sociology, politics and sexuality, frustration of youth in terms of socio-political frameworks that do not respond to current realities.
Now an historical work I would add to the Lewis reading list is The Jews of Islam as it is a rich reflection upon
In addition let me add:
Levtzion, Nehemia. Islam in West Africa : religion, society, and politics to 1800 Variorum, 1994.
I might add that Hunwick, Robertson and Louis Brenner are all good names to follow through on in re Islamic Africa. I am looking to order, when I get a chance, uthor Hunwick, John O., Powell, Eve. The African diaspora in the Mediterranean lands of Islam Princeton 2002. Understudied dimension.
I have more notes somewhere, probably rich in citations, in boxes somewhere, but I am afraid I am not motivated to get these things out of storage. I think this reading list is more than sufficient for a start.