Islam and Democracy / Edition 1

Islam and Democracy / Edition 1

by John L. Esposito, John O. Voll
     
 

Are Islam and democracy on a collision course? Do Islamic movements seek to "hijack democracy"? How have governments in the Muslim world responded to the many challenges of Islam and democracy today? A global religious resurgence and calls for greater political participation have been major forces in the post-Cold War period. Across the Muslim world, governments and… See more details below

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Are Islam and democracy on a collision course? Do Islamic movements seek to "hijack democracy"? How have governments in the Muslim world responded to the many challenges of Islam and democracy today? A global religious resurgence and calls for greater political participation have been major forces in the post-Cold War period. Across the Muslim world, governments and Islamic movements grapple with issues of democratization and civil society. Islam and Democracy explores the Islamic sources (beliefs and institutions) relevant to the current debate over greater political participation and democratization. Esposito and Voll use six case studies - Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Sudan - to look at the diversity of Muslim experiences and experiments. At one end of the spectrum, Iran and Sudan represent two cases of militant, revolutionary Islam establishing political systems. In Pakistan and Malaysia, however, the new movements have been recognized and made part of the political process. Egypt and Algeria reveal the coexistence of both extremist and moderate Islamic activism and demonstrate the complex challenges confronting ruling elites. These case studies prove that despite commonalities, differing national contexts and identities give rise to a multiplicity of agendas and strategies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195108163
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/09/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,173,766
Product dimensions:
9.13(w) x 6.06(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1580L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1Islam and Democracy: Heritage and Global Context11
2State and Opposition in Islamic History33
3Iran: Revolutionary Islam in Power52
4Sudan: The Mahdi and the Military78
5Pakistan: The Many Faces of an Islamic Republic102
6Malaysia: The Politics of Multiculturalism124
7Algeria: Democracy Suppressed150
8Egypt: Governmental, Populist, and Extremist Islam in Conflict173
Conclusion192
Notes203
Suggestions for Further Reading221
Index224

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