Islam Secularism And Liberal Democracy


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Islam's relationship to liberal-democratic politics has emerged as one of the most pressing and contentious issues in international affairs. In Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy, Nader Hashemi challenges the widely held belief among social scientists that religious politics and liberal-democratic development are structurally incompatible. This book argues for a rethinking of democratic theory so that it incorporates the variable of religion in the development of liberal democracy. In the process, it proves that an indigenous theory of Muslim secularism is not only possible, but is a necessary requirement for the advancement of liberal democracy in Muslim societies.

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Author by Nader Hashemi
Genre eBook Religion
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ISBN Number 0199717516

Islam Secularism And Liberal Democracy


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Arguing for a review of democratic theory to incorporate religion in the development of liberal democracy, the author challenges the widely held belief among social scientists that religious politics are structurally incompatible with the advancement of liberal democracy in Muslim societies.

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Author by Nader Hashemi
Genre eBook Political Science
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ISBN Number 9780195321241

Islamic Exceptionalism


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In Islamic Exceptionalism, Brookings Institution scholar and acclaimed author Shadi Hamid offers a novel and provocative argument on how Islam is, in fact, "exceptional" in how it relates to politics, with profound implications for how we understand the future of the Middle East. Divides among citizens aren't just about power but are products of fundamental disagreements over the very nature and purpose of the modern nation state—and the vexing problem of religion’s role in public life. Hamid argues for a new understanding of how Islam and Islamism shape politics by examining different models of reckoning with the problem of religion and state, including the terrifying—and alarmingly successful—example of ISIS. With unprecedented access to Islamist activists and leaders across the region, Hamid offers a panoramic and ambitious interpretation of the region's descent into violence. Islamic Exceptionalism is a vital contribution to our understanding of Islam's past and present, and its outsized role in modern politics. We don't have to like it, but we have to understand it—because Islam, as a religion and as an idea, will continue to be a force that shapes not just the region, but the West as well in the decades to come.

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Author by Shadi Hamid
Genre eBook Social Science
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ISBN Number 9781466866720

Liberalism Without Secularism


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The problem of democratisation in the Arab Middle East has recently been a topic of great debate. Theories on the compatibility of Islam with democracy have been put forward, from within the Arab world and outside it, with accomodationist and rejectionist views available in both spheres. The rise of political Islam (or 'Islamism') since the late seventies has complicated the picture significantly, with new organisations calling for greater fidelity to Islamic principles on the part of the ruling regimes, with some suggesting that the divine revelation in itself provides sufficient guidance for even a modern Muslim polity. Such claims raise a challenge to the conventional wisdom that has long prevailed in Western countries, and has since spread to many others, which is that religion ought to be excluded from politics, for the good of both. As the title suggests, the big question that the present work seeks to address is whether liberal democracy can live without secularism.

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Author by Brian Glancy
Genre eBook Religion
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ISBN Number 1856075613

Why The West Fears Islam


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Jocelyne Cesari examines the idea that Islam might threaten the core values of the West through testimonies from Muslims in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the US. Her book is an unprecedented exploration of Muslim religious and political life based on several years of field work in Europe and in the United States.

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Author by J. Cesari
Genre eBook Social Science
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ISBN Number 9781137121202

Islam Without Extremes A Muslim Case For Liberty


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“A delightfully original take on…the prospects for liberal democracy in the broader Islamic Middle East.”—Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal As the Arab Spring threatens to give way to authoritarianism in Egypt and reports from Afghanistan detail widespread violence against U.S. troops and women, news from the Muslim world raises the question: Is Islam incompatible with freedom? In Islam without Extremes, Turkish columnist Mustafa Akyol answers this question by revealing the little-understood roots of political Islam, which originally included both rationalist, flexible strains and more dogmatic, rigid ones. Though the rigid traditionalists won out, Akyol points to a flourishing of liberalism in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and the unique “Islamo-liberal synthesis” in present-day Turkey. As he powerfully asserts, only by accepting a secular state can Islamic societies thrive. Islam without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and liberty.

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Author by Mustafa Akyol
Genre eBook Religion
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ISBN Number 9780393081978

Secularism And Muslim Democracy In Turkey


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The Islamist Justice and Development Party swept to power in Turkey in 2002. Since then it has shied away from a hard-line ideological stance in favour of a more conservative and democratic approach. This book asks whether it is possible for a political party with deeply religious ideology to liberalise and entertain democracy?

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Author by M. Hakan Yavuz
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 9780521888783

Secularism Or Democracy


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Policies dealing with religious diversity in liberal democratic states—as well as the established institutions that enforce those policies—are increasingly under pressure. Politics and political theory are caught in a trap between the fully secularized state and neo-corporate regimes of selective cooperation between states and organized religion. This volume proposes an original, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary approach to problems of governing religious diversity—combining moral and political philosophy, constitutional law, history, sociology, and religious anthropology. Drawing on such diverse scholarship, Secularism or Democracy? proposes an associational governance—a moderately libertarian, flexible variety of democratic institutional pluralism—as the plausible third way to overcome the inherent deficiencies of the predominant models.

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Author by Veit-Michael Bader
Genre eBook Social Science
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ISBN Number 9789053569993

Egypt And The Contradictions Of Liberalism


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The liberatory sentiment that stoked the Arab Spring and saw the ousting of long-time Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak seems a distant memory. Democratically elected president Mohammad Morsi lasted only a year before he was forced from power to be replaced by precisely the kind of authoritarianism protestors had been railing against in January 2011. Paradoxically, this turn of events was encouraged by the same liberal activists and intelligentsia who’d pushed for progressive reform under Mubarak. This volume analyses how such a key contingent of Egyptian liberals came to develop outright illiberal tendencies. Interdisciplinary in scope, it brings together experts in Middle East studies, political science, philosophy, Islamic studies and law to address the failure of Egyptian liberalism in a holistic manner – from liberalism’s relationship with the state, to its role in cultivating civil society, to the role of Islam and secularism in the cultivation of liberalism. A work of impeccable scholarly rigour, Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism reveals the contemporary ramifications of the state of liberalism in Egypt.

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Author by Dalia F. Fahmy
Genre eBook Political Science
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ISBN Number 9781780748832

Secularism Religion And Multicultural Citizenship


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Highly topical examination of the central problems raised by the relationship between religion, multiculturalism and secularism in western democracies.

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Author by Geoffrey Brahm Levey
Genre eBook Political Science
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ISBN Number 9780521873604