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Islam And Democracy: Fear Of The Modern World With New Introduction
     

Islam And Democracy: Fear Of The Modern World With New Introduction

by Fatima Mernissi, Mary Jo Lakeland (Translator), Fatema Mernissi (Introduction)
 

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Is Islam compatible with democracy? Must fundamentalism win out in the Middle East, or will democracy ever be possible? In this now-classic book, Islamic sociologist Fatima Mernissi explores the ways in which progressive Muslims--defenders of democracy, feminists, and others trying to resist fundamentalism--must use the same sacred texts as Muslims who use them

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Is Islam compatible with democracy? Must fundamentalism win out in the Middle East, or will democracy ever be possible? In this now-classic book, Islamic sociologist Fatima Mernissi explores the ways in which progressive Muslims--defenders of democracy, feminists, and others trying to resist fundamentalism--must use the same sacred texts as Muslims who use them for violent ends, to prove different views. Updated with a new introduction by the author written in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Islam and Democracy serves as a guide to the players moving the pieces on the rather grim Muslim chessboard. It shines new light on the people behind today's terrorist acts and raises provocative questions about the possibilities for democracy and human rights in the Islamic world. Essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of the Middle East today, Islam and Democracy is as timely now as it was upon its initial, celebrated publication.

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Moroccan sociologist Mernissi (University Mohammed V, Rabat) explores the compatibility of Islam and democracy, human rights and religious fundamentalism, from a modern feminist perspective. Brave and quite brilliant. Translated (presumably from the Arabic). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738207452
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/16/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
440,436
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Fatema Mernissi teaches sociology at University Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco. She is the author of more than eight books, including Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, Scheherazade Goes West, The Veil and the Male Elite, and Beyond the Veil.

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