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Remaking Muslim Politics : Pluralism, Contestation, Democratization - Robert W. Hefner

Remaking Muslim Politics

Pluralism, Contestation, Democratization

By: Robert W. Hefner (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th November 2004
ISBN: 9780691120935
Number Of Pages: 384

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There is a struggle for the hearts and minds of Muslims unfolding across the Islamic world. The conflict pits Muslims who support pluralism and democracy against others who insist such institutions are antithetical to Islam. With some 1.3 billion people worldwide professing Islam, the outcome of this contest is sure to be one of the defining political events of the twenty-first century.

Bringing together twelve engaging essays by leading specialists focusing on individual countries, this pioneering book examines the social origins of civil-democratic Islam, its long-term prospects, its implications for the West, and its lessons for our understanding of religion and politics in modern times.

Although depicted by its opponents as the product of political ideas "made in the West" civil-democratic Islam represents an indigenous politics that seeks to build a distinctive Islamic modernity. In countries like Turkey, Iran, Malaysia, and Indonesia, it has become a major political force. Elsewhere its influence is apparent in efforts to devise Islamic grounds for women's rights, religious tolerance, and democratic citizenship. Everywhere it has generated fierce resistance from religious conservatives. Examining this high-stakes clash, "Remaking Muslim Politics" breaks new ground in the comparative study of Islam and democracy. The contributors are Bahman Baktiari, Thomas Barfield, John R. Bowen, Dale F. Eickelman, Robert W. Hefner, Peter Mandaville, Augustus Richard Norton, Gwenn Okruhlik, Michael G. Peletz, Diane Singerman, Jenny B. White, and Muhammad Qasim Zaman.

"This is a most interesting and serious book on Islam. It is perhaps one of the most scholarly books on the topic since September 11."--As'ad AbuKhalil, Perspectives on Politics "Remaking Muslim Politics remains ... an important work. It captures the wide breadth of civic-democratic Islamic voices with exhaustive detail in cross-national contexts."--Sean L. Yom, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

Acknowledgments vii
Note on Transliteration ix
Contributors xi
Introduction: Modernity and the Remaking of Muslim Politicsp. 1
New Media in the Arab Middle East and the Emergence of Open Societiesp. 37
Pluralism, Democracy, and the 'Ulamap. 60
The End of Islamism? Turkey's Muslimhood Modelp. 87
Dilemmas of Reform and Democracy in the Islamic Republic of Iranp. 112
Thwarted Politics: The Case of Egypt's Hizb al-Wasat Augustusp. 133
Rewriting Divorce in Egypt: Reclaiming Islam, Legal Activism, and Coalition Politicsp. 161
Empowering Civility through Nationalism: Reformist Islam and Belonging in Saudi Arabiap. 189
An Islamic State Is a State Run by Good Muslims: Religion as a Way of Life and Not an Ideology in Afghanistanp. 213
Islam and the Cultural Politics of Legitimacy: Malaysia in the Aftermath of September 11p. 240
Muslim Democrats and Islamist Violence in Post-Soeharto Indonesiap. 273
Sufis and Salafis: The Political Discourse of Transnational Islamp. 302
Pluralism and Normativity in French Islamic Reasoningp. 326
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780691120935
ISBN-10: 0691120935
Series: Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 28th November 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.15 x 17.17  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.53