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Islam, secularism, and liberal democracy : toward a democratic theory for Muslim societies /
Nader Hashemi.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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xix, 280 p.
ISBN
0199929076 (Paper), 9780199929078 (Paper)
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
isbn
0199929076 (Paper)
9780199929078 (Paper)
contents note
Towards a democratic theory for Muslim societies -- Duelling scriptures -- A concise anatomy of secularism -- Secularism and its discontents in Muslim societies.
catalogue key
6798585
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This is a refreshing, thought-provoking contribution to the growing literature on secularism, religion, and democracy. Although Hashemi (Univ. of Denver) primarily focuses on secularists and Islamists in Muslim-majority societies, he also makes insightful references to Christian political movements to reveal the similar reactions of Muslim and Christian activists when they face political challenges. The book is intended to refute the essentialist claim that Islam and secularism are inherently incompatible and that this is why many Muslim-majority countries are not democratic. Hashemi instead argues that socioeconomic and political conditions, rather than the so-called theological essences of Islam, have caused authoritarianism in many Muslim countries, and that an indigenous version of secularism, rather than a mere imitation of the West, is not only possible but also necessary for Muslim polities. For empirical support, the book offers Turkey and Indonesia as two countries where Islamic political activism is positively interacting with democracy and religion-friendly secularism. In theory, Hashemi stresses that there still exists the need for a Muslim John Locke to formulate a democratic theory based on religion-friendly secularism by using Islamic conceptions that the Muslim masses can sympathize with and embrace. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. A. T. Kuru San Diego State University
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Long Description
Islam's relationship to liberal-democratic politics has emerged as one of the most pressing and contentious issues in international affairs. In Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy, Nader Hashemi challenges the widely held belief among social scientists that religious politics and liberal-democratic development are structurally incompatible. This book argues for a rethinking of democratic theory so that it incorporates the variable of religion in the development ofliberal democracy. In the process, it proves that an indigenous theory of Muslim secularism is not only possible, but is a necessary requirement for the advancement of liberal democracy in Muslim societies.
Main Description
Islam's relationship to liberal-democratic politics has emerged as one of the most pressing and contentious issues in international affairs. In Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy, Nader Hashemi challenges the widely held belief among social scientists that religious politics andliberal-democratic development are structurally incompatible. This book argues for a rethinking of democratic theory so that it incorporates the variable of religion in the development of liberal democracy. In the process, it proves that an indigenous theory of Muslim secularism is not onlypossible, but is a necessary requirement for the advancement of liberal democracy in Muslim societies.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies: The Historical Background
Dueling Scriptures: The Political Theology of John Locke and the Democratization of Muslim Societies
A Concise Anatomy of Secularism: Examining Its Linkages to Liberal Democracy
Secularism and Its Discontents in Muslim Societies: Indigenizing the Separation between Religion and State
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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