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Islam and Politics in Bangladesh

The Followers of Ummah

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  • Offers an incisive view into the politics of religion in Bangladesh through the Islamic concept of ummah
  • Demonstrates how major political parties have mainstreamed political Islam in the country
  • Places South Asian politics firmly within a global frame of reference

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This book conceptualizes the politics of Bangladesh through an Islamic concept called ummah or the global brotherhood of Muslims. It demonstrates that, against the backdrop of geopolitics, capitalism and free flow of ideas, localization of this global religious concept at individual level, institutional level, major party platforms and state has cemented the current political condition in Bangladesh in which religiosity, religious intolerance, Islamization and extremism take place. By exploring the effects of ummah in Bangladeshi politics, this book shows how major political parties have mainstreamed political Islam in the country. The book rejects the long standing scholarly claim of religious-secular distinction in Bangladeshi politics and argues that with most Muslim-dominated states, there are no major secular parties in Bangladesh. There are only Islamic parties, which are more or less Islamic. The purely ‘rational’ domain of politics in Bangladesh is long lost, andpolitical Islam sets the framework for politics in the country. The reason behind this logic of Bangladeshi politics is formed, contained and expanded by ummah

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

    Mubashar Hasan

About the author

Mubashar Hasan is a Research Fellow at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. He is also an adjunct fellow at the Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative in University of Western Sydney, Australia. He has published widely in academic journals and co-edited Radicalization in South Asia published in 2019. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Islam and Politics in Bangladesh

  • Book Subtitle: The Followers of Ummah

  • Authors: Mubashar Hasan

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-15-1115-8Published: 28 January 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-15-1118-9Published: 28 January 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-15-1116-5Published: 27 January 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 215

  • Topics: Islam, Asian Politics, Conflict Studies

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