Religion and Politics: Islam and Muslim Civilization

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Religion - 336 pages
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Muslim societies are struggling under the need for modernization and the drift towards Islamic fundamentalism. The balance between these two forces is struck differently in the various Muslim societies depending upon the constellation of groups as historical legacies. However, the tension is real. In this work, Jan-Erik Lane and Hamadi Redissi look at the underlying social consequences of religious beliefs to account for the political differences between major civilizations of the world against a background of the rise of modern capitalism. Offering a timely new appraisal of the political and social impact of Islam, this expanded second edition of "Religion and Politics" has been fully updated in line with new events and will be welcomed by political scientists and historians alike. In a readable and accessible style, this thought-provoking work raises the question of whether the tenets of Islam might be reconciled with the requirements of post-modernity.
  

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Contents

THE MUSLIM CIVILISATION AND MODERNISATION
1
Islam and Postmodernity
23
The Weber Thesis
33
ISLAM AS A WORLD RELIGION
49
Faith and Rationality
61
THE MUSLIM LEGACY
71
Islamic Law and Arab Legal Institutions
91
Capitalism in Muslim Countries
109
Towards a New Fundamentalism
155
THE PROBLEMS OF MUSLIM CIVILISATION
165
STATE AND RELIGION IN THE MAGHREB
191
Algeria 19622008
225
Islam A Religion of Warriors?
247
Need for Mutual Explanation
275
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293
Index
329

PATHS OF MUSLIM MODERNISATION
125
Separation Between State and Religion?
145

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About the author (2009)

Jan-Erik Lane has been full professor at the universities of Umea (Sweden), Oslo (Norway), and Geneva (Switzerland). He has published widely in comparative politics, public administration, and international studies.

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