After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy
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After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A brave and timely examination of America's great dilemma in the Muslim world

Published just as the United States went to war in Iraq, After Jihad put Noah Feldman "into the center of an unruly brawl now raging in policy circles over what to do with the Arab world" (The New York Times Book Review).

A year later, the questions Feldman raises-and answers-are at the center of e...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 3rd 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published April 15th 2003)
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Lumumba Shakur
Noah Feldman does what many refuse to: advocate for the right of Muslim nations to construct a form of government which will be organic and sufficiently serve the societies in which they function. If for nothing else, his admittance that an American form of democracy which has had the time to develop for centuries is often unfairly compared to the burgeoning systems which have not been free of foreign influence is a reminded that all of us need from time to time. Even if I do not agree that demo...more
Suzanne Macartney
This one dips into places (like Egypt, Turkey) where I have colleagues from but know precious little about their histories. This author does it all succinctly. Who is in power, how do they stay there, will they remain?

Author explores is democracy possible? he is cautiously optimistic even though America may not like immediate results.
Scott
Jul 14, 2008 Scott rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I enjoyed his points about the lack of synthesis in Islam when it comes to democracy and forms of government. There are no leaders in Islam. Islam has key issues to overcome in various factions prior to receiving legitimate recognition. This goes especially for Turkey. He speculated that these countries lack the incentives to becoming democracy. They probably aren't ready for it I guess. He did say that Sharia law and democracy are compatible though. It was not the best but interesting.
John Rivera
A pretty fair piece that I didn't agree with but thought was well-written and provided a good argument for Feldman's case.
Kirk Bower
Very interesting non-biased assessment of Islam and Democracy.
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Noah Feldman (born 1970) is an American author and professor of law at Harvard Law School.


Feldman grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, where he attended the Maimonides School.[1]
He graduated from Harvard College in 1992, ranked first in the College, and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he earned a D.Phil in Islamic Thought in 1994. Upon his return from Oxford, he received his J...more
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