This book examines the role that political Islam plays in processes of democratization in the Muslim world, detailing the political processes that facilitate the collective learning of democratic ways of solving the practical problems of those polities.
Democratization in the Muslim World represents an important contribution to the debate on democratization and political Islam that emphasises the synergetic effects and global reach of both Islamist and democratic politics. It comes to terms with the problematic relationship between Islam and democracy in the uncertain post-Cold War, post-9/11 world order by highlighting the malleability of Islamic discourses and of its institutional resources, as well as the diversity of the political strategies of incumbent regimes to remain in power. It combines key theoretical issues and country-specific studies of some of the most relevant Muslim polities of the post-Cold War and post-9/11 era.
This text was previously published as a special issue of Democratization and will be of interest to students of Middle East politics, governance, democracy, and human rights.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Beyond Democratization: Devolving Power and Authority in a Plural Muslim World. Authoritarian Persistence, Democratization Theory and the Middle East. A Consolidated Patrimonial Democracy? Democratization in Post-Suharto Indonesia. Political Islam and Malaysian Democracy. Algeria’s Pseudo-Democratic Politics: Lessons for Democratization in the Middle East. Elections under Authoritarianism: Preliminary Lessons from Jordan. Faith in Democracy: Islamization of the Iraqi Polity after Saddam Hussein. Islam and Democracy in East Africa. Islamist Terrorism and the Democratic Deficit in the Middle East: Political Exclusion, Repression and the Causes of Extremism
Dr. Frédéric Volpi is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Bristol
Dr. Francesco Cavatorta, Lecturer in Politics, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University