Democracy in Muslim Societies: The Asian Experience

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Zoya Hasan
SAGE Publications, Oct 9, 2007 - Political Science - 272 pages
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This book explores the character of the political transformation and democratic transition in the Asian Muslim world. It asks whether democracy is appropriate and desirable as a political system for non-Western societies, and assesses the extent of actual democratization in each of the countries studied, namely, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.

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By Tauseef Ahmad Parray, Doctoral candidate, Aligarh Muslim University, India
Democracy in Muslim Societies – a study of six Asian countries, tremendously Muslim in terms of population, Pakistan
, Bangladesh, Iran, Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia and the process of democratization therein – seeks to discuss the impulses at work in Muslim societies and the dynamics of social forces shaping opinion and actions. It explores the character of the political transformation and democratic transition as well as assesses the extent of actual democratization in these six countries. Ultimately, this book concludes that there is no fundamental incompatibility between Islam and democracy in the Asian Muslim societies/countries.
The six (6) chapters in this book are six country study papers contributing to dwell on the democratic discourse and its outcome in these countries – attempting to understand the process of democratization by looking to Asian societies to grasp the varieties of Muslim politics and multiple paths undertaken in the quest for democracy – from Turkey in the West to Indonesia in the East of Asia. Democracy in Muslim Societies attempts to bring forth the Asian experience of democracy revealing that there is no fundamental incompatibility between Islam and democracy in the Asian Muslim societies/countries. And at the same time, the book reveals the fact that a single model of democracy cannot work across these six countries as each country has a different history and has tread on a different path in the search for democracy.
 

Contents

Foreword by M Hamid Ansari
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The Struggle for Democracy in Bangladesh
46
The Indonesian Experience
75
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Zoya Hasan is Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is the author and editor of eleven books and has published over two dozen articles. Her recent books include Quest for Power: Oppositional Movements and Post-Congress Politics in Uttar Pradesh; Unequal Citizens: A Study of Muslim Women In India(co-authored); Party Politics in India (edited), India’s Living Constitution: Ideas, Practices and Controversies (co-edited); Transforming India: Social Dynamics of Democracy (coedited); and In a Minority: Essays on Muslim Women in India (co-edited). She has also edited the third book in our ‘Readings in Indian Government and Politics’ series, Politics and the State in India (Sage, 2000).

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