Islam Between Culture And Politics / Edition 1

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Bassam Tibi offers a radical solution to the problems faced by Islam in a rapidly changing and globalizing world. He argues that Islam is being torn between the pressure for cultural innovation and a defensive move towards the politicization of its symbols for non-religious ends. Tibi proposes a depoliticization of the faith and the introduction of reforms to embrace secular democracy, pluralism, civil society, and individual human rights. The alternative to this is the impasse of fundamentalism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333751213
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/9/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Bassam Tibi is Professor of International Relations Göttingen.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Islam between Culture and Politics: The Scope and Implications
Part I: Religion, Culture and Development: Islam between Past and Present
• Religion, Culture and Social Reality: Islam as a Cultural System and its Diversity
• Cultural Patterns and the Perception of Change in Islam
• A Religious Model for Reality: The Islamic Worldview
• Culture and Social Change: Tradition and Innovation in Cultural Analysis
Part II: The Politicisation of Islam in the Global Age
• The Dichotomy of Structural Globalisation and Fragmenting Cultural Self-Assertion: The Case of Islamic Civilisation
• The Politicisation of Religion: Political Islam as a Defensive Culture Response to Global Challenges
• From Religious Belief to Political Commitment: The Fundamentalist Revolt against the Secular Order
Part III: The Means of Politicisation: The Revival of the Shari'a and the Islamisation of Education
• Social Change and the Potential for Flexibility in Islamic Law: The Shari'a between Ethics and Politicisation
• Institutions of Learning and Education in Islam: Between the Cultural Accommodation of Change, Religious Orthodoxy and the Politics of Cultural Islamisation
Part IV: Islam and the West between Inter-Civilisational Dialogue and Political Antagonisation
• Islam Matters to the West! Islam and Europe, Islam in Europe: Islamic Migration between Cultural Assimilation, Political Integration and Communitarian Ghettoisation
• Islam and the West in the Age of Conflict Among Civilisations: the Alternative of Intercultural Dialogue as a Means of Conflict Resolution

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