ASEF BAYAT MAKING ISLAM DEMOCRATIC PDF

In this book, Asef Bayat proposes that democratic ideals have less to do with the essence of any religion than with how it is practiced. Making Islam Democratic examines in detail those social movements that have used religion to unleash social and political change, either to legitimize authoritarian rule or, in contrast, to construct an inclusive faith that embraces a democratic polity. His book provides an important understanding of the great anxiety of our time—the global march of "Muslim rage"—and offers a hopeful picture of a democratic Middle East. Through a rich comparative study of social movements in Egypt and Iran, Bayat persuasively argues that the persistent question of Islam and democracy is one that is fundamentally misguided. Bayat skillfully interweaves social, economic and political change with intellectual debate in both countries.

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In this book, Asef Bayat proposes that democratic ideals have less to do with the essence of any religion than with how it is practiced. Making Islam Democratic examines in detail those social movements that have used religion to unleash social and political change, either to legitimize authoritarian rule or, in contrast, to construct an inclusive faith that embraces a democratic polity.

His book provides an important understanding of the great anxiety of our time—the global march of "Muslim rage"—and offers a hopeful picture of a democratic Middle East. Through a rich comparative study of social movements in Egypt and Iran, Bayat persuasively argues that the persistent question of Islam and democracy is one that is fundamentally misguided. Bayat skillfully interweaves social, economic and political change with intellectual debate in both countries. He pays close attention to the idiom of debate on religion and politics, yet he shows successfully that Muslim politics is better understood by how Muslims practice politics than by how they define it.

Iranian by birth and education, he lived through the Revolution and studied its politics closely. Subsequently he lived and worked in Egypt, and got to know that country intimately.

Switching his focus between the two, Bayat provides a powerful contrast between different kinds of Islamic society. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned with the future of democracy in Muslim-majority societies.

Eickelman, co-author of Muslim Politics. Almost alone amongst scholars of the region in having expertise on both Iran and the Arab world, and with a deep commitment to combining regional knowledge with social theory, Bayat has produced a work of originality and quality. Bayat, combining sociological sophistication with sharply detailed observation, offers hearty fare for those who are tired of the thin gruel served up elsewhere. Bulliet, Columbia University, author of The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization "Asef Bayats lucid and authoritative study sheds much-needed light on the vexed topic of Islam and democracy.

Though Bayat sees no necessary hostility between the two, Muslims in the Middle East are in practice caught between authoritarian regimes, authoritarian Islamist oppositions, and foreign military occupation.

Nonetheless, focusing on Iran and Egypt, he sees grounds for hope, mainly in post-Islamist social movements which may establish a presence in civil society sufficient to force concessions from the regimes. Since their problems have recently become our problems too, this excellent book should be very widely read. Every graduate student working on the politics of the region needs to read it. The chapters analyzing Iranian and Egyptian politics over the last three decades are brilliant synopses, full of rich empirical detail while presenting clear arguments about their different trajectories.

It offers. Highly Recommended. The result is a sharp analysis that accounts for substantial change within a society that continues to hold a strong religious identity, both socially and within the state.

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Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn

At the same time it has incorporated religious themes and personnel into itself and used them as means of legitimacy and control. He pays close attention to the idiom of debate on religion and politics, yet he shows successfully that Muslim politics is better understood by how Muslims practice politics than by how they define it. The result is a sharp analysis that accounts for substantial change within a society that continues to hold a strong religious identity, both socially and within the state. Since their problems have recently become our problems too, this excellent book should be very widely read. For those with a little more experience with both nations I would still recommend the book due the nature of exploring deeper questions as to whether Islam is inherently authoritarian. It ruthlessly suppressed the Islamic radicals and is now engaged in repressing the peaceful Islamist challenges. Get to Know Us.

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