Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies

Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies

by Nader Hashemi
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195321241
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/08/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies: The Historical Background 23

2 Dueling Scriptures: The Political Theology of John Locke and the Democratization of Muslim Societies 67

3 A Concise Anatomy of Secularism: Examining Its Linkages to Liberal Democracy 103

4 Secularism and Its Discontents in Muslim Societies: Indigenizing the Separation between Religion and State 133

Conclusion 171

Notes 179

Bibliography 237

Index 271

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