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Islam and Democracy After the Arab Spring
By: John L. Esposito
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ISBN: 9780195147988 Publisher: OUP USA (3 March 2016) Year of publishing: 2016
The landscape of the Middle East has changed dramatically since 2011 as have the political arena and the discourse around democracy. In Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring John L. Esposito John...Read more
The landscape of the Middle East has changed dramatically since 2011 as have the political arena and the discourse around democracy. In Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring John L. Esposito John Voll and Tamara Sonn examine the state of democracy in Muslim-majority societies today. Applying a twenty-first century perspective to the question of whether Islam is "compatible" with democracy they redirect the conversation toward a new politics of democracy that transcends both secular authoritarianism and Political Islam. While the opposition movements of the Arab Spring vary from country to country each has raised questions regarding equality economic justice democratic participation and the relationship between Islam and democracy in their respective countries. Does democracy require a secular political regime? Are religious movements the most effective opponents of authoritarian secularist regimes? Esposito Voll and Sonn examine these questions and shed light on how these opposition movements reflect the new global realities of media communication and sources of influence and power. Positioned for a broad readership of scholars and students policy-makers and media experts Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring will quickly become a go-to for all who watch the Middle East inside and outside of academia.
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