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Islamic Democratic Discourse: Theory, Debates, and Philosophical Perspectives (Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory)

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory
  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (May 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739106449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739106440
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,071,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M. A. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor and Director of Islamic Studies at University of Delaware. He is the author of American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom (Amana, 2002), Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations (Praeger, 2004) and Islamic Democratic Discourse (Lexington Books, 2006). His most recent book is Debating Moderate Islam: the Geopolitics of Islam and the West(University of Utah Press, 2007).

His research includes Islamic Mysticism, philosophy and political though, Islamic politics, politics of the Middle East and South Asia. Globalization and US foreign policy in the Muslim World.

Dr. Khan frequently comments on BBC, CNN, FOX and VOA TV, NPR and other radio and TV networks. His political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in over 20 countries. He has also lectured in North America, East Asia, Middle East and Europe. Since 2003 he has been a special commentator on BBC Urdu and Hindi on Iraq.

He has also testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Judiciary Sub-committee on Constitution and HR, and the House Armed Services Committee.

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Islamic Democratic Discourse is a collection of essays regarding the compatibility of Islam with modern liberal government from a wide variety of positions. It begins with essays regarding classical sources and their discussion of the participation of believers in choosing their leaders with an examination of how the relationship between the rulers and the ruled has changed over the centuries. The next section discusses regional debates covering Malaysia, Turkey, the Sudan and Iran. Finally issues of Islam in the modern world are examined such as the Islamic critique of democracy and Islam in the public square.

The essays are clear and serve as a good introduction since they assume no prior knowledge of Islam and its history. It would be quite useful for readers who wish to go deeper than most journalism allows. It would also be suitable for an advanced undergraduate course that covers contemporary Islam and the political debate regarding pluralism and democracy.
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