Liberalism And Islam: Practical Reconciliation between the Liberal State and Shiite Muslims

Hardcover | January 15, 2008

byHamid Hadji Haidar

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This book examines the possibility of reconciliation between liberalism and Shiite Islam. By examining two key liberal theories, this book shows that secular liberalism is not justifiable in the view of Shiite Islamic thought. Yet, since the liberal state is tolerant of Shiite Muslim citizens, at the practical level, there is no ground for conflict between liberal societies and Shiite Muslim minorities. Therefore, whilst Shiite Muslims at home should refrain from constructing the basic structure of their societies in accordance with liberal theory, Shiite Muslim minorities of liberal societies should accept the basic structure of these societies in return for receiving freedoms, protections, and opportunities.

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This book examines the possibility of reconciliation between liberalism and Shiite Islam. By examining two key liberal theories, this book shows that secular liberalism is not justifiable in the view of Shiite Islamic thought. Yet, since the liberal state is tolerant of Shiite Muslim citizens, at the practical level, there is no ground...

Hamid Hadji Haidar,  is an Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy, UCL.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:January 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230605257

ISBN - 13:9780230605251

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Table of Contents

Introduction * PART I:  MILL'S DEEPLY SECULAR LIBERALISM * Mill’s Methodology * Mill’s Utilitarian Moral Theory * Mill’s Liberty Principle  * PART TWO: RAWLS'S MILDLY SECULAR LIBERALISM * Rawls’s Methodology * Rawls’s Egalitarian Moral Theory * Rawls’s Liberty Principle    * PART THREE: THE LIBERAL STATE AND SHIA MUSLIM CITIZENS * Toleration of Shiite Muslims by the Liberal State  *  Acceptability of the Liberal State to Shiite Muslims   * Conclusion 

 

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“Discussions of the relationship between liberal political theory and Islam have so far been conducted almost entirely from a Western liberal view. Hamid Hadji Haidar’s exploration of what liberal theory (and indeed the liberal state) looks like from an Islamic perspective therefore offers a very welcome addition to the existing literature.  Liberalism and Islam will be of interest not only to liberal political theorists but to all those concerned about the uneasy relationship between Western liberalism and Islam; and while there remain important differences between them, Haidar’s generally positive and hopeful outlook is refreshingly encouraging amid the predominant pessimism and mutual fear.”—John Horton, Professor of Political Philosophy, Keele University, United Kingdom “An original exploration of the capacity for mutual understanding between liberalism and Islam that is both intellectually stimulating and of the utmost political importance.”—Richard Bellamy, Professor of Political Science and Director of the School of Public Policy, University College London