"Theoretically informed and clearly argued, this is a timely and insightful contribution to a debate of great consequence for the Muslim world and the West."
-Vali Nasr, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
"Commentators like Bernard Lewis and Samuel Huntington have argued that there is something inherently hostile to democracy in Islam. In his serious and deeply researched book, Nader Hashemi draws both on historical political thought and modern comparative social science to show that such arguments are both ahistorical and oblivious to the ways in which secularism is actually socially constructed and 'earned' in Western societies. With examples from Turkey, Indonesia and elsewhere, he demonstrates that Islam can accommodate democracy with no greater (or lesser) difficulty than Christianity has done. This is an important book that challenges too narrowly Western conceptions of democracy and too historically opaque views of Islam, thereby helping to heal the unnecessary schism that has too often defined the relationship between Islam and democracy."
--Benjamin R. Barber, author of Jihad vs. McWorld
"This probing study shows how empty are the essentialist clich 's that cast Islam as an obstacle to democracy. It offers a rich reflection on the proper definition of secularism for our time; and an insightful discussion of Islamic responses to secularism, both negative and positive. This book is a contribution to the global debate. It should be read from Vancouver to Vladivostock, from Djakarta to Rabat."
--Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, McGill University and author of A Secular Age
"A thoughtful and erudite examination by a young scholar of some of the most difficult questions of our times: how to reconcile the project of liberal democracy with a non-secular but tolerant and open Islam? Is this conceivable? Deploying political theory and comparative politics, Hashemii --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Nader Hashemi is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.