Islam and Democracy: What is the Real Question? (ISIM Papers No. 8)

Islam and Democracy: What is the Real Question? (ISIM Papers No. 8)

By: Asef Bayat (author)Paperback

1 - 2 weeks availability

£10.95 & FREE Saver Delivery on orders over £25


Is Islam compatible with democracy? The text examines one of the most frequently-asked and yet misguided questions. Democratic ethos should not and cannot be deduced from some essence of religions supposedly inscribed in the scriptures. Rather, they are the outcome of political struggles that push Islam toward democratic or authoritarian directions. Asef Bayat offers a new approach to examine Islam and democracy arguing how the social struggles of diverse Muslim populations, those with different interests and orientation, render Islam to embrace democratic ideas or authoritarian disposition. -Islamism and -post-Islamism are discussed as representing two contrasting movements which have taken Islam into different, authoritarian and inclusive, political directions.

Create a review

About Author

Asef Bayat is Professor of Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies and holds the Chair of Society and Culture of the Modern Middle East at Leiden University. He is the author of Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn (2007) and Street Politics: Poor People's Movements in Iran (1997).

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/1999
  • ISBN13: 9789053569832
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 24
  • ID: 9789053569832
  • weight: 64
  • ISBN10: 9053569839

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly