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Islam and Democracy: Fear of the Modern World

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Is Islam compatible with democracy? Must fundamentalism win out in the Middle East, or will democracy ever be possible? In this now-classic book, Islamic sociologist Fatima Mernissi explores the ways in which progressive Muslims—defenders of democracy, feminists, and others trying to resist fundamentalism—must use the same sacred texts as Muslims who use them for violent ends, to prove different views. Updated with a new introduction by the author written in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the ...

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Overview

Is Islam compatible with democracy? Must fundamentalism win out in the Middle East, or will democracy ever be possible? In this now-classic book, Islamic sociologist Fatima Mernissi explores the ways in which progressive Muslims—defenders of democracy, feminists, and others trying to resist fundamentalism—must use the same sacred texts as Muslims who use them for violent ends, to prove different views. Updated with a new introduction by the author written in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Islam and Democracy serves as a guide to the players moving the pieces on the rather grim Muslim chessboard. It shines new light on the people behind today's terrorist acts and raises provocative questions about the possibilities for democracy and human rights in the Islamic world. Essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of the Middle East today, Islam and Democracy is as timely now as it was upon its initial, celebrated publication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738207452
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/16/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 700,330
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Fatema Mernissi teaches sociology at University Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco. She is the author of more than eight books, including Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, Scheherazade Goes West, The Veil and the Male Elite, and Beyond the Veil.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction: The Gulf War: Fear and Its Boundaries 1
1 Fear of the Foreign West 13
2 Fear of the Imam 22
3 Fear of Democracy 42
4 The United Nations Charter 60
5 The Koran 75
6 Fear of Freedom of Thought 85
7 Fear of Individualism 104
8 Fear of the Past 114
9 Fear of the Present 130
10 Women's Song: Destination Freedom 149
Conclusion: The Simorgh Is Us! 172
Notes 175
Index 193
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