Multiple Modernities, Civil Society and Islam: The Case of Iran and Turkey
Liverpool University Press, 2006 - 293 sidor
Turkey and Iran consider themselves modern Islamic states - though with radically different status in today's social and political world. In Multiple Modernities, Civil Society and Islam, Kamali explores the historical factors that have shaped such dissimilar Muslim states, including thecontinued influence of Europe and the United States. Kamali's assertion that the "Muslim world" is far more multifaceted and pluralistic than generally portrayed is a message particularly relevant today. The attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC are covertly and, in manycases, even overtly considered as "the clash of civilizations". It is presented as a sign of a conflict between the modern, democratic, and secularised civilization of the "Western world" andthe traditional, non-democratic, and religious "Islamicworld". The post-September 11th changes have created an environment where human societies have been over-simplified, dividing the world into two "sides" along an axis of "us" and "them". This challenging study reveals that there is no "Islamicworld", no single tradition of modernity, but multiple patterns of socio-political developments in different Muslim countries with both common features and differences.
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