Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Political Science - 231 pages
Islamization is commonly seen as the work of Islamist movements who have forced their ideology on ruling regimes and other hapless social actors. There is little doubt that ruling regimes and disparate social and political actors alike are pushed in the direction of Islamic politics by Islamist forces. However, Islamist activism and its revolutionary and utopian rhetoric only partly explain this trend. Here, Nasr argues that the state itself plays a key role in embedding Islam in the politics of Muslim countries. Focusing on Malaysia and Pakistan, Nasr argues that the turn to Islam is a facet of the state's drive to establish hegemony over society and expand its powers and control.
 

Contents

Defining the Problem
3
PART I THE MAKING OF THE NEW STATES
29
POLITICAL TURMOIL AND CULTURAL CHANGE
67
PART III HEART OF THE MATTER
103
The Islamization Period in the Balance
158
Notes
169
Bibliography
207
Index
227
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Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr is at University of San Diego.