Islam and Politics in the Contemporary World

Islam and Politics in the Contemporary World

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This account provides a deep insight into dimensions of Muslim political life; from democracy to despots, women to world affairs and history to heresy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 340g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745627129
  • 9780745627120
  • 1,895,940

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The dreadful events of 11 September have brought Islam to theforefront of world politics. This authoritative new book providesthe analysis for a far-reaching introduction to Islamic politicsfor those coming to the subject for the first time. This accountprovides a deep insight into dimensions of Muslim political life;from democracy to despots, women to world affairs and history toheresy.

Milton-Edwards offers an account of key contemporary conceptsand debates that focus on the relationship between Islam andtopical issues including politics, protest and opposition, violence, the West, democracy, the state and women. Giving an broadglobal overview the author includes a range of first-handinterviews with major Islamic figures and leaders of movements.Milton-Edwards charts the development of a political trend in Islamthroughout the twentieth century and explores its myriaddimensions. The author also explores the prospects for politicalIslam in the new millennium.

With further reading suggestions, and a glossary, Islam andPolitics in the Contemporary World is an indispensableintroduction to the subject and will prove invaluable as a textbookfor students of politics and religion.
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Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. 1. Islam and Politics Defined. 2. Islam and the State. 3. Politics of Protest. 4. The Democracy Debate: Intractable Paths?. 5. Bringing Down the Barricade: The Gender Debate. 6. Gun Barell Politics: Islam and Political Violence. 7. The Making of Mutual Antagonism: Islam and the West. Conclusion: Islam and Politics A Twenty--First Century Challenge. Glossary. Bibliograph. Index
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"A very well written ... and sober analysis of the varied forms of political Islam within the similarly varied political, economic and social contexts across the societies of the contemporary world." British Journal of Sociology "In this scholarly yet highly accessible book, Milton--Edwards sheds light on some of the enduring debates about the nature of Islam and politics and examines the nuances of sociopolitical structures in the Muslim world ... A welcome addition to the literature on Islam and politics, especially useful as an introductory textbook on the subject." Choice "Illuminates the great variety of debates that animate Islamic politics today. Rejecting the view that it is simply a reaction against the West, the book relates Islamic politics to the diversity and urgency of the political predicaments that Muslim communities face." Timothy Mitchell, New York University "This book's clear, thoughtful perspective draws our attention to the mutual constitution of the conflicts that exist between politically assertive Muslim groups, and the national and global structures of power and culture in which they operate." Gregory Starrett, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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About Beverley Milton-Edwards

Beverley Milton--Edwards is Reader at the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, Queens University, Belfast
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