Islam between Culture and Politics

  • Bassam Tibi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction: Islam between Culture and Politics — the Scope and Implications

  3. Religion, Culture and Development — Islam between Past and Present

  4. The Context: the Politicisation of Islam in the Global Age

  5. The Framework: the Means of Politicisation. The Revival of the Shari’a and the Islamisation of Education

  6. The Topicality: Islam and the West between Inter-Civilisational Dialogue and Political Antagonisation

  7. The Predicament of Islam between Culture and Politics Revisited after September 11, 2001 and March 11, 2004

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 273-334

About this book


Bassam Tibi offers a radical solution to the problems faced by Islam in a rapidly changing and globalizing world. He proposes a depoliticization of the faith and the introduction of reforms to embrace secular democracy, pluralism, civil society and individual human rights. The alternative to this is the impasse of fundamentalism. The pivotal argument is that Islam is being torn between the pressure for cultural innovation and a defensive move towards the politicization of its symbols for non-religious ends.


democracy Europe globalization Islam pluralism politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Bassam Tibi
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Cornell UniversityUSA

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