Islam and Politics in the Contemporary World
August 2004, Polity
Milton-Edwards offers an account of key contemporary concepts and debates that focus on the relationship between Islam and topical issues including politics, protest and opposition, violence, the West, democracy, the state and women. Giving an broad global overview the author includes a range of first-hand interviews with major Islamic figures and leaders of movements. Milton-Edwards charts the development of a political trend in Islam throughout the twentieth century and explores its myriad dimensions. The author also explores the prospects for political Islam in the new millennium.
With further reading suggestions, and a glossary, Islam and Politics in the Contemporary World is an indispensable introduction to the subject and will prove invaluable as a textbook for students of politics and religion.
1. Islam and Politics Defined.
2. Islam and the State.
3. Politics of Protest.
4. The Democracy Debate: Intractable Paths?.
5. Bringing Down the Barricade: The Gender Debate.
6. Gun Barell Politics: Islam and Political Violence.
7. The Making of Mutual Antagonism: Islam and the West.
Conclusion: Islam and Politics A Twenty-First Century Challenge.
British Journal of Sociology
“In this scholarly yet highly accessible book,
Milton-Edwards sheds light on some of the enduring debates about
the nature of Islam and politics and examines the nuances of
sociopolitical structures in the Muslim world ... A welcome
addition to the literature on Islam and politics, especially useful
as an introductory textbook on the subject.”
“Illuminates the great variety of debates that animate
Islamic politics today. Rejecting the view that it is simply a
reaction against the West, the book relates Islamic politics to the
diversity and urgency of the political predicaments that Muslim
Timothy Mitchell, New York University
“This book’s clear, thoughtful perspective draws our
attention to the mutual constitution of the conflicts that exist
between politically assertive Muslim groups, and the national and
global structures of power and culture in which they
Gregory Starrett, University of North Carolina at Charlotte