The dreadful events of 11 September have brought Islam to the forefront of world politics. This authoritative new book provides the analysis for a far--reaching introduction to Islamic politics for those coming to the subject for the first time. This account provides a deep insight into dimensions of Muslim political life; from democracy to despots, women to world affairs and history to heresy. Milton--Edwards offers an account of key contemporary concepts and debates that focus on the relationship between Islam and topical issues including politics, protest and opposition, violence, the West, democracy, the state and women. Giving an broad global overview the author includes a range of first--hand interviews with major Islamic figures and leaders of movements. Milton--Edwards charts the development of a political trend in Islam throughout the twentieth century and explores its myriad dimensions. The author also explores the prospects for political Islam in the new millennium.
With further reading suggestions, and a glossary, Islam and Politics in the Contemporary World is an indispensable introduction to the subject and will prove invaluable as a textbook for students of politics and religion.
Beverley Milton--Edwards is Reader at the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, Queens University, Belfast
Preface. Introduction. 1. Islam and Politics Defined. 2. Islam and the State. 3. Politics of Protest. 4. The Democracy Debate: Intractable Paths?. 5. Bringing Down the Barricade: The Gender Debate. 6. Gun Barell Politics: Islam and Political Violence. 7. The Making of Mutual Antagonism: Islam and the West. Conclusion: Islam and Politics A Twenty--First Century Challenge. Glossary. Bibliograph. Index