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Islam between Culture and Politics

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  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. Back Matter
    Pages 231-271

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.


culture democracy Europe globalization Islam migration society Tradition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of GöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Harvard UniversityUSA

About the authors

BASSAM TIBI is Professor of International Relations at the University of Gottingen and, since 1988, a Research Associate at Harvard University. He is the author of Crisis of Modern Islam, Arab Nationalism: A Critical Enquiry and Islam and the Cultural Accommodation of Social Change. He has written six monographs in German and co-authored books in English, German and Arabic including Tribes and State Formation in the Middle East, Human Rights in Africa: Cross-Cultural Perspectives and The Study of the Middle East: International Perspectives. He is a member of the Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-author of the second volume of this international project.

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