This is a powerful and informative book that addresses difficult issues related to Islam and Democracy. The authors write in concise and simple language, accessible to all, on a subject that can challenge Muslim and non-Muslim readers alike. The outcome is probably the best combination of essays that exists to date. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in learning about the challenges of democratization in the Muslim world today. (Radwan Masmoudi, Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy)
These thoughtful essays, from a variety of methodological standpoints, deepen the emerging conversation about Islam, democracy, and liberalism. The historian, the political scientist, and the student of the Middle East can each find here material of interest. A valuable contribution to the most pressing topic of the day. (Noah Feldman, New York University School of Law)
This volume distinguishes itself from the recent deluge of books on Islam in the public sphere....provocative. (Political Studies Review, January 2009
This excellent volume defines the agenda for future thinking about Islam and democracy. It is essential for those who want to go beyond media platitudes and engage with the Islamic intellectual traditions and sources of pluralism, democracy and good governance. Muqtedar Khan has done an excellent job of brining together a broad spectrum of views, with cutting edge scholars presenting the major arguments in current debates. (John Voll, Georgetown University)
About the Author
Dr. Muqtedar Khan is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware and a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution.