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Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn

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Whether Islam is compatible with democracy is an increasingly asked question, but ultimately a misguided one. In this book, Asef Bayat proposes that democratic ideals have less to do with the essence of any religion than with how it is practiced. He offers a new approach to Islam and democracy, outlining how the social struggles of student organizations, youth and women's ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 16th 2007 by Stanford University Press
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Kathleen
Apr 19, 2008 Kathleen rated it liked it
While this book provides a workable definition of Islam and Muslims, there are definitely flaws with his theory of Post-Islamism. Also, in order to make his point about the Iranian Revolution, he leaves out the role of Khomeini in the pre-revolutionary buildup.

This book would probably be most interesting to someone with a fairly strong knowledge of the region in order to piece together the parts which are less fully explained.
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Thus far Bayat is tracing the trends within Islamic politics that are following their middle-class origins to their middle-class conclusions in terms of strategy and ideology.

The flaw - and a major one at that - is that Bayat denies any movements by the working class.
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(Ph.D. University of Kent 1984) is Professor of Sociology and Middle Eastern studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was Professor of Sociology and Middle Eastern studies and held the Chair of Society and Culture of the Modern Middle East at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He was the Academic Director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World ( ...more
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