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

Islam And Democracy

Fear Of The Modern World With New Introduction

Paperback Published: 18th April 2002
ISBN: 9780738207452
Number Of Pages: 224

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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.

Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction: The Gulf War: Fear and Its Boundariesp. 1
Fear of the Foreign Westp. 13
Fear of the Imamp. 22
Fear of Democracyp. 42
The United Nations Charterp. 60
The Koranp. 75
Fear of Freedom of Thoughtp. 85
Fear of Individualismp. 104
Fear of the Pastp. 114
Fear of the Presentp. 130
Women's Song: Destination Freedomp. 149
Conclusion: The Simorgh Is Us!p. 172
Notesp. 175
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780738207452
ISBN-10: 0738207454
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 18th April 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1