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Overview

In this updated paperback edition, Dale Eickelman and James Piscatori explore how the politics of Islam play out in the lives of Muslims throughout the world. They discuss how recent events such as September 11 and the 2003 war in Iraq have contributed to reshaping the political and religious landscape of Muslim-majority countries and Muslim communities elsewhere. As they examine the role of women in public life and Islamic perspectives on modernization and free speech, the authors probe the diversity of the contemporary Islamic experience, suggesting general trends and challenging popular Western notions of Islam as a monolithic movement. In so doing, they clarify concepts such as tradition, authority, ethnicity, pro-test, and symbolic space, notions that are crucial to an in-depth understanding of ongoing political events.

This book poses questions about ideological politics in a variety of transnational and regional settings throughout the Muslim world. Europe and North America, for example, have become active Muslim centers, profoundly influencing trends in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, and South and Southeast Asia. The authors examine the long-term cultural and political implications of this transnational shift as an emerging generation of Muslims, often the products of secular schooling, begin to reshape politics and society--sometimes in defiance of state authorities. Scholars, mothers, government leaders, and musicians are a few of the protagonists who, invoking shared Islamic symbols, try to reconfigure the boundaries of civic debate and public life. These symbolic politics explain why political actions are recognizably Muslim, and why "Islam" makes a difference in determining the politics of a broad swath of the world.

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Editorial Reviews

International Affairs
Despite the continuing avalanche of books on Islamic politics, there is still a need for a succinct, sane, up-to-date overview of the subject. Here it is. . . . An excellent and much-needed book.
Times Literary Supplement
Eickelman and Piscatori use an impressive range of examples from across the world to bring out the richness and diversity of the political experiences of Muslims.
— Charles Tripp
History
With . . . thoughtful analysis and erudite facts, Eickelman and Piscatori successfully raise the discussion of Muslims and their role in today's world to a higher and more promising level.
— Akram Fouad Khater
Review of Politics
A readable, learned, and timely study. . . . The authors are to be commended for the breadth of their undertaking and the penetrating nature of their analysis.
— Lawrence Ziring
Middle East Policy
In a period of misguided accounts of the Muslim world, exposure to the Eickelman and Piscatori arguments is highly instructive. . . . It will challenge students, scholars, and policy makers in the field to rethink Islamic politics.
— Mahmood Monshipouri
Times Literary Supplement - Charles Tripp
Eickelman and Piscatori use an impressive range of examples from across the world to bring out the richness and diversity of the political experiences of Muslims.
International Affairs - Roger Hardy
Refreshing and instructive. . . . [This is] an excellent and much-needed book.
History - Akram Fouad Khater
With . . . thoughtful analysis and erudite facts, Eickelman and Piscatori successfully raise the discussion of Muslims and their role in today's world to a higher and more promising level.
Review of Politics - Lawrence Ziring
A readable, learned, and timely study. . . . The authors are to be commended for the breadth of their undertaking and the penetrating nature of their analysis.
Middle East Policy - Mahmood Monshipouri
In a period of misguided accounts of the Muslim world, exposure to the Eickelman and Piscatori arguments is highly instructive. . . . It will challenge students, scholars, and policy makers in the field to rethink Islamic politics.
From the Publisher

"Despite the continuing avalanche of books on Islamic politics, there is still a need for a succinct, sane, up-to-date overview of the subject. Here it is. . . . An excellent and much-needed book."--International Affairs

"Eickelman and Piscatori use an impressive range of examples from across the world to bring out the richness and diversity of the political experiences of Muslims."--Charles Tripp, Times Literary Supplement

"Refreshing and instructive. . . . [This is] an excellent and much-needed book."--Roger Hardy, International Affairs

"With . . . thoughtful analysis and erudite facts, Eickelman and Piscatori successfully raise the discussion of Muslims and their role in today's world to a higher and more promising level."--Akram Fouad Khater, History

"A readable, learned, and timely study. . . . The authors are to be commended for the breadth of their undertaking and the penetrating nature of their analysis."--Lawrence Ziring, Review of Politics

"In a period of misguided accounts of the Muslim world, exposure to the Eickelman and Piscatori arguments is highly instructive. . . . It will challenge students, scholars, and policy makers in the field to rethink Islamic politics."--Mahmood Monshipouri, Middle East Policy

International Affairs
Refreshing and instructive. . . . [This is] an excellent and much-needed book.
— Roger Hardy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691120539
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2004
  • Series: Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Preface
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
1 What Is Muslim Politics? 3
Imagining Politics 5
The Language of Politics 11
Doctrine and Political Action 16
Setting Boundaries 18
2 The Invention of Tradition in Muslim Politics 22
The "Modernization" of Muslim Societies 22
The Blurring of Tradition and Modernity 28
The Objectification of Muslim Consciousness 37
3 Sacred Authority in Contemporary Muslim Societies 46
The Linkage of Religion and Politics 46
Authority and the Interpretation of Symbols 57
Networks of Authority 68
4 The "Firmest Tie" and the Ties That Bind: The Politics of Family and Ethnicity 80
The Politics of Family 83
Women in the Muslim Political Imagination 89
Ethnicity 99
5 Protest and Bargaining in Muslim Politics 108
Membership and Organization 109
The Technologies and Culture of Protest 121
The Fragmentation of Authority 131
6 Muslim Politics: A Changing Political Geography 136
Transnational Linkages 138
The Civic Geography of Muslim Politics 155
Of Paradigms and Policies 162
Notes 165
Glossary 175
Annotated Bibliography 179
References 183
Index 219
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