The Challenge of Political Islam: Non-Muslims and the Egyptian State

The Challenge of Political Islam: Non-Muslims and the Egyptian State

by Rachel Scott
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804769060

ISBN-13: 9780804769068

Pub. Date: 05/17/2010

Publisher: Stanford University Press

The rise of political Islam has provoked considerable debate about the compatibility of democracy, tolerance, and pluralism with the Islamist position. As The Challenge of Political Islam reveals, Egyptian Islamists today are more integrated into the political arena than ever, and are voicing a broad spectrum of positions, including a vision of Islamic

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The rise of political Islam has provoked considerable debate about the compatibility of democracy, tolerance, and pluralism with the Islamist position. As The Challenge of Political Islam reveals, Egyptian Islamists today are more integrated into the political arena than ever, and are voicing a broad spectrum of positions, including a vision of Islamic citizenship more inclusive of non-Muslims.

Based on Islamist writings, political tracts, and interviews with Islamists—including members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and other important contemporary thinkers—this book looks closely at how modern, politically-oriented Egyptian Islamists perceive non-Muslims in an Islamic state and how non-Muslims respond. Clarifying the movement's aims, this work uncovers how Islamists have responded to the pressures of modernity, the degree to which the movement has been influenced by both a historical Islamic framework and Western modes of political thinking, and the necessity to reconsider the notion that secularism is a precondition for toleration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804769068
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
05/17/2010
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Notes on Transliteration xiii

Introduction 1

1 Non-Muslims in Classical Islam 1

2 Continuity, Discontinuity, and the Rise of Islamism 34

3 Non-Muslims and the Egyptian State 64

4 The Dhimma 92

5 Toward Citizenship 122

6 Citizenship in an Islamic State 147

7 Coptic Responses 166

Conclusion 190

Notes 197

Bibliography 245

Index 267

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