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Religious Secularity : A Theological Challenge to the Islamic State (Reprint) (Paperback) (Naser

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"Fundamentalism" and "authoritarian secularism" are commonly perceived as the two mutually exclusive paradigms available to Muslim majority countries. Recent political developments, however, have challenged this perception. Formerly associated with a fundamentalist outlook, mainstream Islamist groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Nahda, have adopted a distinctly secular-democratic approach to the state re-building process. Their success or failure in transitioning to democracy remains to be seen, but the political position these Islamic groups have carved out suggests the viability of a third way. Naser Ghobadzadeh examines the case of Iran, which has a unique history with respect to the relationship of religion and politics. The country has been subject to both authoritarian secularization and authoritarian Islamization over the last nine decades. While politico-religious discourse in Iran is articulated in response to the Islamic state, it also bears the scars of Iran's history of authoritarian secularization-the legacy of the Pahlavi regime. Ghobadzadeh conceptualizes this politico-religious discourse as "religious secularity". He uses this apparent oxymoron to describe the Islamic quest for a democratic secular state, and he demonstrates how this concept encapsulates the complex characteristics of the Shiite religious reformation movement.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 288
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Political Science
Series Title: Religion and Global Politics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Naser Ghobadzadeh
Language: English
Street Date: January 1, 2017
TCIN: 51769757
UPC: 9780190664893
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-7128
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