Tensions and Transitions in the Muslim World provides an alternative reading of Middle Eastern politics and political culture by focusing on the dynamics of change, and examining the role of Islam in the emerging modern Middle East. Louay Safi contends that by focusing on radical and traditionalist Islam, Middle East specialists often overlook the liberal manifestations of Islam, which, though marginalized, constitute the driving force in the sociopolitical development of the Middle East. To capture the dynamics of progress in the Middle East, Safi examines the impact of the ideological struggle and intellectual debate between the forces of modernism and Islamic traditionalism on the transformation of mainstream society, and delineates the emerging sociopolitical outlooks and orientations, locked in a fierce struggle for the heart and soul of the Middle East.
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About the Author
Louay Safi is Director of Research for the International Institute of Islamic Thought, Editor of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and author of The Challenge of Modernity: The Quest for Authenticity in the Arab World (University Press of America, 1994).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Democratization and the Islamic State: Islam and the Secular State; State and Society in Traditional Islam Chapter 4 Visions of Reform: Competing Visions of Reform; Arab Nationalism: Forging a New Political Identity; Islamic Reform and Radicalism Chapter 5 Islam Law and Human Rights: Islamic Law (Shari'ha) and Society; Human Rights and Islamic Legal Reform; Human Rights and Cross-Cultural Dialogue Chapter 6 Islam in a Global Order: Islam and the West: Resurgence and Ambivalence Chapter 7 Appendix A: The Covenant of Medina; Appendix B: Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Appendix C: Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights Chapter 8 Notes Chapter 9 Glossary Chapter 10 Index Chapter 11 Bibliography