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Muslim Politics : Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics - Dale F. Eickelman

Muslim Politics

Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics

Paperback Published: 15th August 2004
ISBN: 9780691120539
Number Of Pages: 288

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In this updated paperback edition, Dale Eickelman and James Piscatori explore how the politics of Islam play out in the lives of Muslims throughout the world. They discuss how recent events such as September 11 and the 2003 war in Iraq have contributed to reshaping the political and religious landscape of Muslim-majority countries and Muslim communities elsewhere. As they examine the role of women in public life and Islamic perspectives on modernization and free speech, the authors probe the diversity of the contemporary Islamic experience, suggesting general trends and challenging popular Western notions of Islam as a monolithic movement. In so doing, they clarify concepts such as tradition, authority, ethnicity, pro-test, and symbolic space, notions that are crucial to an in-depth understanding of ongoing political events.

This book poses questions about ideological politics in a variety of transnational and regional settings throughout the Muslim world. Europe and North America, for example, have become active Muslim centers, profoundly influencing trends in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, and South and Southeast Asia. The authors examine the long-term cultural and political implications of this transnational shift as an emerging generation of Muslims, often the products of secular schooling, begin to reshape politics and society--sometimes in defiance of state authorities. Scholars, mothers, government leaders, and musicians are a few of the protagonists who, invoking shared Islamic symbols, try to reconfigure the boundaries of civic debate and public life. These symbolic politics explain why political actions are recognizably Muslim, and why "Islam" makes a difference in determining the politics of a broad swath of the world.

Industry Reviews

"Despite the continuing avalanche of books on Islamic politics, there is still a need for a succinct, sane, up-to-date overview of the subject. Here it is... An excellent and much-needed book."--International Affairs "Eickelman and Piscatori use an impressive range of examples from across the world to bring out the richness and diversity of the political experiences of Muslims."--Charles Tripp, Times Literary Supplement "Refreshing and instructive... [This is] an excellent and much-needed book."--Roger Hardy, International Affairs "With ... thoughtful analysis and erudite facts, Eickelman and Piscatori successfully raise the discussion of Muslims and their role in today's world to a higher and more promising level."--Akram Fouad Khater, History "A readable, learned, and timely study... The authors are to be commended for the breadth of their undertaking and the penetrating nature of their analysis."--Lawrence Ziring, Review of Politics "In a period of misguided accounts of the Muslim world, exposure to the Eickelman and Piscatori arguments is highly instructive... It will challenge students, scholars, and policy makers in the field to rethink Islamic politics."--Mahmood Monshipouri, Middle East Policy

List of Figures
What Is Muslim Politics?p. 3
Imagining Politicsp. 5
The Language of Politicsp. 11
Doctrine and Political Actionp. 16
Setting Boundariesp. 18
The Invention of Tradition in Muslim Politicsp. 22
The "Modernization" of Muslim Societiesp. 22
The Blurring of Tradition and Modernityp. 28
The Objectification of Muslim Consciousnessp. 37
Sacred Authority in Contemporary Muslim Societiesp. 46
The Linkage of Religion and Politicsp. 46
Authority and the Interpretation of Symbolsp. 57
Networks of Authorityp. 68
The "Firmest Tie" and the Ties That Bind: The Politics of Family and Ethnicityp. 80
The Politics of Familyp. 83
Women in the Muslim Political Imaginationp. 89
Ethnicityp. 99
Protest and Bargaining in Muslim Politicsp. 108
Membership and Organizationp. 109
The Technologies and Culture of Protestp. 121
The Fragmentation of Authorityp. 131
Muslim Politics: A Changing Political Geographyp. 136
Transnational Linkagesp. 138
The Civic Geography of Muslim Politicsp. 155
Of Paradigms and Policiesp. 162
Notesp. 165
Glossaryp. 175
Annotated Bibliographyp. 179
Referencesp. 183
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780691120539
ISBN-10: 0691120536
Series: Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 15th August 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2