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Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy
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Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies

Nader Hashemi

Abstract

This book analyzes the relationship between religion, secularism, and liberal democracy—historically, theoretically, and in the context of the contemporary Muslim world. The central issue is: liberal democracy requires a form of secularism, yet simultaneously the main cultural and intellectual resources that Muslim democrats can draw upon are religious. A paradox, therefore, confronts the democratic theorist. Challenging the popular belief that religious politics and democratic development are structurally incompatible, three arguments are advanced: In societies where religion is a key marker ... More

Keywords: Islam, secularism, liberal democracy, Islamic fundamentalism, Islamism, John Locke, reformation, democratization, liberalization, modernization, democratic theory, political development, religion, political theory, history, Islamic democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195321241
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321241.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nader Hashemi, author
Northwestern University
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