Professor Asef Bayat first coined the term ‘post-Islamism’ in a essay to describe the nascent reform movement in Iran, and it caught on like. Book Review of Asef Bayat’s “Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn.”. In this book, Asef Bayat proposes that democratic ideals have less to do with the Making Islam Democratic examines in detail those social movements that.

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If you value reason find out how to join us today. Switching his focus between the two, Bayat provides a powerful contrast between different kinds of Islamic society. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Bayat’s central aim is jslam challenge the pervasive question of whether or not Islam is compatible with democracy. Iranian by birth and education, he lived through the Revolution and studied its politics closely. Bayat insists that it is not anti-Islamism, and points out that many of those calling for reform are Muslims, pious even.

Finally an account that looks at how ordinary Muslims find ways to reconcile faith and democratic norms in their daily lives and fight for democratic change in Egypt and Iran. If you are looking for a brief contemporary history on Iran and Egypt I would recommend it.


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Bayat, having painted this grim picture, attempts a bit of optimism, noting recent challenges to the regime in terms of democracy and human rights. See and discover other items: Bayat skillfully interweaves social, economic and political change with intellectual debate in both countries.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. A Case of Ottoman Imperial Integration. Longing for the Lost Caliphate: Almost alone amongst scholars of the region in having expertise on both Iran and the Arab world, and with a deep commitment to combining regional knowledge with social theory, Bayat has produced a work of originality and quality.

Making Islam Democratic examines in detail those social movements that have used religion to unleash social and political change, either to legitimize authoritarian rule or, in contrast, to construct an inclusive faith that embraces a democratic polity. His book provides an important understanding of the great anxiety of our time—the global march of “Muslim rage”—and offers a hopeful picture of a democratic Bayt East. One demorcatic found this helpful.

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Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamic Turn by Asef Bayat

Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by indoobestsellers. In this book, Asef Bayat proposes that democratic ideals have less to do with the essence of any religion than with how it is practiced. This Islamism only becomes political in relation to external enemies: Nonetheless, focusing on Iran and Egypt, he sees grounds for hope, mainly in post-Islamist social movements which may establish a presence in civil society sufficient to force concessions from the regimes.


Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Unlike in Iran there is a stagnation of intellectual life, including Islamic scholarship, which mainly consists of a repetition of the debates of the 19th century.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Bayat’s rich empirical analysis is among the best of recent work on social movements in the region. He is the author of Life islwm Politics: Subsequently he lived and worked in Egypt, and got to know that country intimately.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Though Bayat sees no necessary hostility between the two, Muslims in the Middle East are in practice caught between authoritarian regimes, authoritarian Islamist oppositions, and foreign military occupation. Write a customer review.

Bayat sensibly cuts through the banal question of the compatibility of Islam and democracy by pointing out that there is no necessary or intrinsic relation: