Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring

Hardcover | September 30, 2015

byJohn L. Esposito, Tamara Sonn, John O. Voll

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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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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...

John Esposito is University Professor and Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. John Voll is Professor Emeritus of Islamic History at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Tamara Sonn is Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the History of I...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction2. Islam, Democracy and Turkey's Secular State3. Iran: Classical Themes and Contemporary Challenges4. Pakistan: A Work in Progress5. Indonesia: From Military Rule to Democracy6. Senegal: Democracy and the Post-Colonial State7. Tunisia: From Revolution to Republic8. Egypt: From Democratization to the Restoration of Authoritarianism9. ConclusionNotesIndex

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"Democracy can take many forms, and the struggle of Muslim majority countries to find a democracy suited to their distinct cultural and political experiences is, as outlined in Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring, an epoch-making experiment. Countering the 'clash of civilizations' and'end of history' prophecies, Esposito, Sonn, and Voll show how pre- and post-Arab spring political developments in Muslim majority countries are marathon battles to end authoritarian practices in politics, religion, culture and statecraft. A must-read for those wishing to gain a nuancedunderstanding of the volatile and complex developments tied to Muslim efforts to make democracy a reality." --Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of Islamic Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame