The Challenge of Political Islam: Non-Muslims and the Egyptian State by Rachel ScottThe Challenge of Political Islam: Non-Muslims and the Egyptian State by Rachel Scott

The Challenge of Political Islam: Non-Muslims and the Egyptian State

byRachel Scott

Hardcover | April 23, 2010

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The rise of political Islam has provoked considerable debate about the compatibility of democracy, tolerance, and pluralism with the Islamist position. As The Challenge of Political Islam reveals, Egyptian Islamists today are more integrated into the political arena than ever, and are voicing a broad spectrum of positions, including a vision of Islamic citizenship more inclusive of non-Muslims. Based on Islamist writings, political tracts, and interviews with Islamists-including members of Egypt''s Muslim Brotherhood and other important contemporary thinkers-this book looks closely at how modern, politically-oriented Egyptian Islamists perceive non-Muslims in an Islamic state and how non-Muslims respond. Clarifying the movement''s aims, this work uncovers how Islamists have responded to the pressures of modernity, the degree to which the movement has been influenced by both a historical Islamic framework and Western modes of political thinking, and the necessity to reconsider the notion that secularism is a precondition for toleration.
Rachel Scott is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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Title:The Challenge of Political Islam: Non-Muslims and the Egyptian StateFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:294 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.9 inShipping dimensions:294 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.9 inPublished:April 23, 2010Publisher:Stanford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0804769052

ISBN - 13:9780804769051

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"Scott gauges seismic changes within Middle Eastern society from the bottom up. This exemplary work demonstrates how far some Islamists, namely the moderate middle, have departed from their contemporaries, and links crucial debates framed mainly in Arabic discourse to broader debates concerning citizenship, national identity, and public consensus in 21st-century Egypt."