In "Islamic Identity and Development," Ozay Mehmet examines the Islamic revival which is occurring in many developing countries. He places Islamic reassertion and identity in the wider context of the dilemma of reconciling nationalism with Islam. Turkey and Malaysia, two countries on the Islamic periphery, have been both at the forefront of modernization and development, and subjects of an increasing revivalism disclosing a profound identity crisis.
Ozay Mehmet views the Islamic revival primarily as a protest movement, concentrated among urban migrant settlements where uneven postwar growth has upset the traditional Islamic order. Currently, both countries are dealing with serious development and cultural issues. Arguing that Islamic societies must move towards greater openness and an organic relationship between rulers and ruled, Mehmet champions a public policy responsive to human material needs which also satisfies the ethical conditions of the Islamic social contract.
"The book contains scores of interesting observations, drawn from a wide variety of sources. . . . And it offers an eclectic mix of policy recommendations, all worthy of discussion."
-"International Journal of Middle East Studies
"Ozay Mehmet's work will . . . be welcomed, as much for the methodological questions it raises as for its contribution to the understanding of modern Turkey or Malaysia."
-"Journal of Asian Studies
"The interested scholar will find a rich and instructive analysis of economic development programs in Turkey and Malaysia. . . . It is also an invaluable book for the student of the contemporary Islamic world who wants a better understanding of either Turkey or Malaysia."
-"Journal of Development Studies