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Islamic Identity and Development
Studies of the Islamic Periphery

ISBN 9780415755405
Published April 22, 2014 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Turkey and Malaysia, two countries on the Islamic periphery, are often not included in discussions of Islamic reassertion and identity. Yet both have been at the forefront of modernization and development, and are exposed to a rising trend of Islamic revival which discloses a deep, psychological identity crisis.

In Islamic Identity and Development, Ozay Mehmet examines this identity crisis in the wider context of the Islamic dilemma of reconciling nationalism with Islam. He sees the Islamic revival primarily as a protest movement, concentrated among urban migrant settlements where uneven post-war growth has upset the traditional Islamic order. He argues that Islamic societies must move towards greater openness and an organic relationship between rulers and ruled. In particular, Mehmet suggests the need for a public policy that is not only responsive to material human needs but which also satisfies the ethical preconditions of the Islamic social contract.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part 1 The Islamic identity crisis; Chapter 1 Identity crisis in the Islamic Periphery; Part 2 The Islamic dilemma; Chapter 2 Islamic underdevelopment; Chapter 3 The Islamic social contract; Chapter 4 Islam and economic development; Part 3 Development in the Islamic Periphery; Chapter 5 Nationalism confronts Islam; Chapter 6 Turkish etatism; Chapter 7 Malaysian development by trusteeship; Part 4 Development in the Islamic Periphery; Chapter 8 Islam, the modern state and imperfect competition; Chapter 9 Privatizing the Malaysian economy; Chapter 10 Privatizing the Turkish economy; Part 5 Conclusion; Chapter 11 Responsible development in the Islamic Periphery;

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Ozay Mehmet


`The book contains scores of interesting observations, drawn from a wide variety of sources... And it offers an eclectic mix of policy recommendations, all worthy of discussion.' - International Journal of Middle East Studies