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Arguing Islam after the Revival of Arab Politics$
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Nathan J. Brown

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190619428

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190619428.001.0001

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Politics and Policy; Affect and Effect

Politics and Policy; Affect and Effect

(p.241) Chapter 9 Politics and Policy; Affect and Effect
Arguing Islam after the Revival of Arab Politics

Nathan Brown

Oxford University Press

This chapter reflects on the current political dynamics in the Arab world, showing that the revival of politics in the sense of strong public debates has been hampered in its effects by problematic political structures; reborn politics offers excitement and engagement but not more just or responsive political orders. Indeed, the republic of arguments flounders in its efficacy in part on the unjustness and unaccountable nature of existing political structures. The underlying problem—of people speaking but states only hearing when they wish—will not be easy to fix. Unless this problem is fixed, states may find their citizens resentful and full of complaints. Residents of the Arab world are discovering how complicated things become when real people—with all their insights, insecurities, passions, preferences, predilections, prejudices, altruism, and egoism—barge into public places.

Keywords:   religion, public debate, public sphere, Arab world, Arab politics, public places

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