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Islam and the Making of State Power

Islam and the Making of State Power

In 1979 General Muhammad Zia ul-Haq, the military ruler of Pakistan, declared that Pakistan would become an Islamic state. Islamic values and norms would serve as the foundation of national identity, law, economy, and social relations, and would inspire all policy making.

IRANIAN WOMEN AFTER THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION

IRANIAN WOMEN AFTER THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION

More than thirty years have passed since the triumph of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, yet there remain a number of questions and ambiguities about the way the Islamic Republic and its laws deal with contemporary problems and current circumstances, particularly with regard to women and women’s rights.

Women in Islam

Women in Islam

An Islamic vision of women from the viewpoint of contemporary Shi’i scholars in Lebanon

ISLAM, DEMOCRACY & THE USA:

ISLAM, DEMOCRACY & THE USA:

THE AUDACITY OF A COMMON GROUND?

Islamic Political Culture, Democracy, and Human Rights

Islamic Political Culture, Democracy, and Human Rights

It has been argued that Islam facilitates authoritarianism, contradicts the values of Western societies, and significantly affects important political outcomes in Muslim nations. Consequently, scholars, commentators, and government officials frequently point to ‘‘Islamic fundamentalism’’ as the next ideological threat to liberal democracies.

In Search of Islamic Constitutionalism

In Search of Islamic Constitutionalism

While constitutionalism in the West is mostly identified with secular thought, Islamic constitutionalism, which incorporates some religious elements, has attracted growing interest in recent years.

Islam and Islamism in Afghanistan

Islam and Islamism in Afghanistan

The last half-century in particular has seen the recurrent use of religious Islam as ideology, often referred to as political Islam or Islamism, in groups espousing the establishment of an Islamic state.

Egypt at the Tipping Point ?

Egypt at the Tipping Point ?

In the early 1980s, I lived in Cairo as bureau chief of The Washington Post covering such historic events as the withdrawal of the last Israeli forces from Egyptian territory occupied during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war and the assassination of President Anwar Sadat by Islamic fanatics in October 1981.

Roots Of Nationalism In The Muslim World

Roots Of Nationalism In The Muslim World

The Muslim world has been characterised by failure, disunity, bloodshed, oppression and backwardness. At present, no Muslim country in the world can rightly claim to be a leader in any field of human activity.

ISLAMIC FAITH in AMERICA

ISLAMIC FAITH in AMERICA

AMERICA BEGINS A NEW MILLENNIUM AS ONE OF THE MOST RELIGIOUSLY diverse nations of all time. Nowhere else in the world do so many people—offered a choice free from government influence—identify with such a wide range of religious and spiritual communities. Nowhere else has the human search for meaning been so varied.

Islamist Opposition Parties and the Potential for EU Engagement

Islamist Opposition Parties and the Potential for EU Engagement

In light of the increasing importance of Islamist movements in the Muslim world and the way that radicalisation has influenced global events since the turn of the century, it is important for the EU to evaluate its policies towards actors within what can be loosely termed the ‘Islamic world’.

Political Islam in the Middle East

Political Islam in the Middle East

This report provides an introduction to selected aspects of the phenomenon commonly referred to as “political Islam”. The report gives special emphasis to the Middle East, in particular the Levantine countries, and outlines two aspects of the Islamist movement that may be considered polar opposites: democracy and political violence.

ISLAM, ISLAMISTS, AND THE ELECTORAL PRINCIPLE I N THE MIDDLE EAST

ISLAM, ISLAMISTS, AND THE ELECTORAL PRINCIPLE I N THE MIDDLE EAST

[Translate] James Piscatori For an idea whose time has supposedly come, ÒdemocracyÓ masks an astonishing number of unanswered questions and, in the Muslim world, has generated a remarkable amount of heat. Is it a culturally specific term, reflecting Western European experiences over several centuries? Do non-Western societies possess their own standards of participation and accountabilityÑand […]

Rethinking International Relations Theory in Islam

Rethinking International Relations Theory in Islam

Toward a More Adequate Approach

German Converts to Islam and Their Ambivalent Relations with Immigrant Muslims

German Converts to Islam and Their Ambivalent Relations with Immigrant Muslims

“I would never have become a Muslim if I had met Muslims before I met Islam.” I heard these words over and over again during my yearlong ethnographic research among ethnic German converts to Islam in Berlin.

Progressive Thinking in Contemporary Islam

Progressive Thinking in Contemporary Islam

It seems sensible to start by shedding light on the background context and then to define the broader framework within which the “progressive thinking” in contemporary Islam which we want to discuss is embedded.

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