Author: Zoya HasanSeveral Contributors/Translator(s)/ Edito: Zoya HasanPublisher: Sage PublicationsYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 266ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780761935667
Democracy in Muslim Societies: The Asian Experience explores the character of the political transformation and democratic transition in the Asian Muslim world. It asks whether democracy is appropriate and desirable as a political system for non-Western societies, and assesses the extent of actual democratization in each of the countries studied, namely, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.The book questions the widely held view that the socio-political ethos of Islam as a religion, and of Muslim countries as societal units, prevents Muslims from adopting democracy as a form of government. The contributors argue that this perception comes from post-9/11 studies of Arab states and that non-Arab Muslim populations in Asia and Africa do not fit the same mould. At the same time, it is clear that a single model of democracy cannot work across these six countries because each country has a different history and has tread on a different path in the quest for democracy.Ultimately, this book concludes that there is no fundamental incompatibility between Islam and democracy in the Asian Muslim societies.
Foreword by M. Hamid AnsariAcknowledgementsIntroduction Zoya Hasan1. The struggle for Democracy in Bangladesh Amena Mohsin and Meghna Guhathakurta2. The Indonesian Experience in Implementing Democracy Adriana Elisabeth3. The History of the Democratic Movement in Iran in the 20th Century Sadegh Zibakalam4. Islam and Democracy in Malaysia Abdul Rahman Embong5. Functioning of Democracy in Pakistan Mohammad Waseem6. Interaction of Democracy and Islam in Turkey Korel GoymenAbout the Editor and Contributors Index