Religion and Politics in the Middle East: Identity, Ideology, Institutions, and Attitudes

Religion and Politics in the Middle East: Identity, Ideology, Institutions, and Attitudes

by Robert D. Lee
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813344204

ISBN-13: 9780813344201

Pub. Date: 09/08/2009

Publisher: Westview Press


This innovative book analyzes the relationship between religion and politics in the Middle East through a comparative study of five countries—Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Robert D. Lee examines each country in terms of four domains in which state and religion necessarily interact: national identity, ideology, institutions, and political

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This innovative book analyzes the relationship between religion and politics in the Middle East through a comparative study of five countries—Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Robert D. Lee examines each country in terms of four domains in which state and religion necessarily interact: national identity, ideology, institutions, and political culture. In each domain he considers contradictory hypotheses, some of them asserting that religion is a positive force for political development and others identifying it as an obstacle. Among the questions the book confronts: Is secularization a necessary prerequisite for democratic development? How is it and why is it that religion and politics are so deeply entangled in these five countries? And, why is it that all five countries differ so markedly in the way they identify themselves and use religion for political purposes? The book argues that the nature of religious organization and practice in the Middle East must be understood in the context of individual nation states.

The second edition is updated throughout and includes an entirely new chapter discussing the political and religious climate in Saudi Arabia. Earlier introductory analysis has been condensed to make room for new material, and chronologies at the end of each chapter have been added to help students understand the broader context. The second edition of Religion and Politics in the Middle East is a robust addition to courses on the Middle East.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813344201
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
Acknowledgments
Transliteration

1. The Political Determinants of Religion
Historic Moments
Nationalism in the Middle East
Modernization Theory
Identity
Ideology
Institutions
Political Culture
Religion as a Dependent Variable
Conclusion

2. The Taming of Islam in Egypt
Identity
Ideology
Institutions
Political Culture
Conclusion
Chronology

3. The Transformation of Judaism in Israel
Identity
Ideology
Institutions
Political Culture
Conclusion
Chronology

4. The Politics of Religion in “Secularist” Turkey
Identity
Ideology
Institutions
Political Culture
Outcomes
Conclusion
Chronology

5. State Shiism in Iran
Identity
Ideology
Institutions
Political Culture
Conclusion
Chronology

6. State Sunnism in Saudi Arabia
Identity
Ideology
Institutions
Political Culture
Conclusion
Chronology

7. Reconciling Religion and Politics
Balance
Identity
Ideology
Institutions
Political Culture
Conclusion

Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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