Political Islam in the Age of Democratization

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Springer, Dec 18, 2013 - Political Science - 258 pages
The continued prominence of Islam in the struggle for democracy in the Muslim world has confounded Western democracy theorists who largely consider secularism a prerequisite for democratic transitions. Kamran Bokhari and Farid Senzai offer a comprehensive view of the complex nature of contemporary political Islam and its relationship to democracy.
 

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Contents

The Role of Religion in Politics
1
2 Understanding the Complexity of Political Islam
15
Democratization and Islamism
31
The Case of the Muslim Brotherhood
48
The Case of the Salafis
81
alQaeda and Transnational Jihadism
101
Taliban and Nationalist Jihadism
119
The Islamic Republic of Iran
134
Iraqi Shia Islamists and Hezbollah
153
The Case of Turkeys AKP
173
Prospects for Muslim Democracies
185
Notes
196
Bibliography
227
Index
243
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Author Kamran Bokhari: Kamran Bokhari is Vice President of Middle Eastern & South Asian Affairs at Stratfor, USA. He is also a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Politics & International Relations at the University of Westminster, UK and a fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, USA. Author Farid Senzai: Farid Senzai is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University, USA and Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He is the author of Educating the Muslims of America (Oxford University Press, 2009)