The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity, and the State

Current events throughout the Muslim world—where states seem to be on the verge of collapse in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, and Islamists are influencing politics in Turkey and Tunisia—illustrate the need to revisit our dominant conceptions of political Islam. In her book The Awakening of Muslim Democracy, Religion, Modernity and the State (2014), Jocelyne Cesari challenges the view that political Islam is limited to opposition movements against the “secular” states. The book also demonstrates that democracy, modernization, and secularization do not always go hand-in-hand. A panel of scholars discussed the book's findings and its implications for countries throughout the Muslim world.
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Department of Government.

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