Muslim Politics

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Princeton University Press, 2004 - Political Science - 235 pages
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In this updated paperback edition, Dale Eickelman and James Piscatori explore how the politics of Islam play out in the lives of Muslims throughout the world. They discuss how recent events such as September 11 and the 2003 war in Iraq have contributed to reshaping the political and religious landscape of Muslim-majority countries and Muslim communities elsewhere. As they examine the role of women in public life and Islamic perspectives on modernization and free speech, the authors probe the diversity of the contemporary Islamic experience, suggesting general trends and challenging popular Western notions of Islam as a monolithic movement. In so doing, they clarify concepts such as tradition, authority, ethnicity, pro-test, and symbolic space, notions that are crucial to an in-depth understanding of ongoing political events.

This book poses questions about ideological politics in a variety of transnational and regional settings throughout the Muslim world. Europe and North America, for example, have become active Muslim centers, profoundly influencing trends in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, and South and Southeast Asia. The authors examine the long-term cultural and political implications of this transnational shift as an emerging generation of Muslims, often the products of secular schooling, begin to reshape politics and society--sometimes in defiance of state authorities. Scholars, mothers, government leaders, and musicians are a few of the protagonists who, invoking shared Islamic symbols, try to reconfigure the boundaries of civic debate and public life. These symbolic politics explain why political actions are recognizably Muslim, and why "Islam" makes a difference in determining the politics of a broad swath of the world.

 

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Contents

What Is Muslim Politics?
3
Imagining Politics
5
The Language of Politics
11
Doctrine and Political Action
16
Setting Boundaries
18
The Invention of Tradition in Muslim Politics
22
The Blurring of Tradition and Modernity
28
The Objectification of Muslim Consciousness
37
Protest and Bargaining in Muslim Politics
108
Membership and Organization
109
The Technologies and Culture of Protest
121
The Fragmentation of Authority
131
Muslim Politics A Changing Political Geography
136
Transnational Linkages
138
The Civic Geography of Muslim Politics
155
Of Paradigms and Policies
162

Sacred Authority in Contemporary Muslim Societies
46
Authority and the Interpretation of Symbols
57
Networks of Authority
68
The Firmest Tie and the Ties That Bind The Politics of Family and Ethnicity
80
The Politics of Family
83
Women in the Muslim Political Imagination
89
A CHANGING POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY
99
NOTES
165
GLOSSARY
175
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
179
REFERENCES
183
INDEX
219
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About the author (2004)

Dale F. Eickelman is Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations at Darmouth College.

Piscatori is Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics at the University of College of Wales, Aberystwyth.