Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies

Paperback | August 15, 2012

byNader Hashemi

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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.

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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 inco...

Nader Hashemi is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199929076

ISBN - 13:9780199929078

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies: The Historical Background2. Dueling Scriptures: The Political Theology of John Locke and the Democratization of Muslim Societies3. A Concise Anatomy of Secularism: Examining Its Linkages to Liberal Democracy4. Secularism and Its Discontents in Muslim Societies: Indigenizing the Separation between Religion and StateConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex