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Civil Society in the Muslim World: Contemporary Perspectives

Civil Society in the Muslim World: Contemporary Perspectives

Edited by: Amyn B. Sajoo

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Even before the events of September 11, 2001, the global discourse on civil society - in its varied interpretations and manifestations - had caught the attention of citizens and communities right across the Muslim world from Iran, Tajikistan and Indonesia to the Maghreb. Issues of human rights, pluralism and gender equity were at the forefront of the wider quest for participatory politics. A new urgency now attends those issues: patterns of political violence and some of the responses to them, threaten to undermine the ethical legacy of Muslim civilizations and its role in the emergence of civic culture and the rule of law. This landmark survey of social and intellectual trends in diverse Muslim contexts includes contributions by Mohammed Arkoun, Shirin Akiner, Olivier Roy, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Abdou Filali-Ansari, Ersin Kalaycioglu, Aziz Esmail, Iftikhar Malik and Tair Faradov. It will appeal not only to scholars of contemporary politics and culture, but to all those interested in the high-stakes unfolding of modernity in the Muslim world.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Azim Nanj. Editor's Note. About the Contributors. 1. Introduction: Civic Quests and Bequests, Amyn B. Sajoo;
  • 2. Locating Civil Society in Islamic Contexts, Mohammed Arkoun;
  • 3. Self, Society, Civility and Islam, Aziz Esmail;
  • 4. Debating Women: Gender and the Public Sphere in Post-Revolutionary Iran, Ziba Mir-Hosseini;
  • 5. Soviet Legacies and Western Aid Imperatives in the New Central Asia, Olivier Roy;
  • 6. Prospects for Civil Society in Tajikistan, Shirin Akiner;
  • 7. Religiosity and Civic Culture in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan: A Sociological Perspective, Tair Faradov;
  • 8. Ethics in the Civitas, Amyn B. Sajoo;
  • 9. State and Civil Society in Turkey:Democracy, Development and Protest, Ersin Kalaycyoglu;
  • 10. Between Identity-Politics and Authoritarianism in Pakistan, Iftikhar H. Malik;
  • 11. State, Society and Creed: Reflections on the Maghreb, Abdou Filali-Ansary. Bibliography;
  • Index.

Author Info

Amyn B. Sajoo is currently a Visiting Scholar at McGill University, he is also a regular commentator on public affairs in the news media on both sides of the Atlantic. He is also the editor of Muslim Ethics and the author of Pluralism in Old Societies and New States.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781850435907
Publication Date: 22 Apr 2004
Number of Pages: 360
Height: 216
Width: 134

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