Melville J. Herskovits and the Racial Politics of Knowledge by Jerry Gershenhorn | 9780803222472 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Melville J. Herskovits and the Racial Politics of Knowledge

Melville J. Herskovits and the Racial Politics of Knowledge

by Jerry Gershenhorn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803222475

ISBN-13: 9780803222472

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

“A delightfully original take on…the prospects for liberal democracy in the broader Islamic Middle East.”—Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal
As the Arab Spring threatens to give way to authoritarianism in Egypt and reports from Afghanistan detail widespread violence against U.S. troops and women, news from the Muslim world raises the

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“A delightfully original take on…the prospects for liberal democracy in the broader Islamic Middle East.”—Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal
As the Arab Spring threatens to give way to authoritarianism in Egypt and reports from Afghanistan detail widespread violence against U.S. troops and women, news from the Muslim world raises the question: Is Islam incompatible with freedom? In Islam without Extremes, Turkish columnist Mustafa Akyol answers this question by revealing the little-understood roots of political Islam, which originally included both rationalist, flexible strains and more dogmatic, rigid ones. Though the rigid traditionalists won out, Akyol points to a flourishing of liberalism in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and the unique “Islamo-liberal synthesis” in present-day Turkey. As he powerfully asserts, only by accepting a secular state can Islamic societies thrive. Islam without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and liberty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803222472
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
347
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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