9780415662178

The Sharia State: Arab Spring and Democratization

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415662178

  • ISBN10:

    0415662176

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 9/19/2013
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

This book examines the Islamist concept of political order. Islamists themselves have given it the name: the Islamic state. This order is based on a new interpretation of sharia. This concept has been elevated to a political agenda. The sharia-state is analysed in the context of the 2011-uprising, dubbed Arab Spring, against authoritarian regimes. The book challenges the unchecked assumption that the seizure by Islamists of leadership in the Arab Spring is a part of the democratization of the Middle East, and of a moderation of Islamism. This unchecked assumption presupposes the compatibility of the sharia-state and democracy; the author shows why he believes this to be a fallacy.

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