Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power

Hardcover | August 15, 2001

bySeyyed Vali Reza Nasr

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Islamization is commonly seen as the work of Islamist movements who have forced their ideology on ruling regimes and other hapless social actors. There is little doubt that ruling regimes and disparate social and political actors alike are pushed in the direction of Islamic politics byIslamist forces. However, Islamist activism and its revolutionary and utopian rhetoric only partly explain this trend. Here, Nasr argues that the state itself plays a key role in embedding Islam in the politics of Muslim countries. Focusing on Malaysia and Pakistan, Nasr argues that the turn toIslam is a facet of the state's drive to establish hegemony over society and expand its powers and control.

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Islamization is commonly seen as the work of Islamist movements who have forced their ideology on ruling regimes and other hapless social actors. There is little doubt that ruling regimes and disparate social and political actors alike are pushed in the direction of Islamic politics byIslamist forces. However, Islamist activism and i...

Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr is at University of San Diego.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:August 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Nasr explores in depth two particular developments of Islamism, one in Pakistan and one in Malaysia. Both are fascinating studies of how modern states can make varying uses of the exact same religion to achieve political goals."--About.com