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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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Understanding the Revival of Politics

Understanding the Revival of Politics

(p.11) Chapter 1 Understanding the Revival of Politics
Arguing Islam after the Revival of Arab Politics

Nathan Brown

Oxford University Press

This chapter first explains the meaning of the “revival” of Arab politics. It then discusses the overall aim of this book: to understand and map the revived forms of Arab politics as they really are and explore their effects. In particular, it presents various sites of Arab public life to understand when various spheres arose, who participates in them, and how. It develops a more comprehensive sense of the Arab public sphere and presents its effect on policy outcomes: the revival of Arab politics does matter for policy, but only under specific conditions. The analysis focuses on religion and especially on arguments about the Islamic shari‘a precisely because there is a strong religious coloration to much public life in the Arab world. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Arab politics, public life, religion, Islam, Islamic shari‘a

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