In Egypt Islamists clash with secularists over religious and
national identity, while in Turkey secularist ruling elites have
chosen to accommodate Islamists in the name of democracy and
reconciliation. As Islam spreads throughout the world, Muslims
living in their traditional homelands and in the Western world are
grappling with shifting identities. In all cases, understanding the
dynamics of identity-based politics is critical to the future of
Muslims and their neighbors across the globe.
In Muslims in Global Politics, Mahmood Monshipouri
examines the role identity plays in political conflicts in six
Muslim nations-Egypt, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Iran,
and Indonesia-as well as in Muslim diaspora communities in Europe
and North America. In each instance, he describes how
conservatives, neofundamentalists, reformists, and secularists
construct identity in different ways and how these identities play
out in the political arena. With globalization, the demand for
human rights continues to grow in the Muslim world, and struggles
over modernity, authenticity, legitimacy, and rationality become
Muslims in Global Politics deepens our understanding of
how modern ideas and norms interact with the traditions of the
Islamic world and, in turn, shows how human rights advocates can
provide an alternative to militant Islamist movements.
Subjects: Political Science
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