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Comparing Muslim Societies

Knowledge and the State in a World Civilization. The Comparative Studies in Society & History Book S.

Edited by Juan R.I. Cole
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, United States
Published: 31st Mar 1992
Dimensions: w 229mm h 152mm
Weight: 480g
ISBN-10: 0472064495
ISBN-13: 9780472064496
Barcode No: 9780472064496
Synopsis
This book departs from stereotypes that often dominate Western discourse about Muslim societies. The Muslim world encompasses a wide range of countries--among them Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco--each with a varying degree of religious stricture. Generalizations, therefore, can be erroneous and misleading. The contributors to this book--prominent scholars in anthropology, history, sociology, and political science--examine such issues as the ideology and political practices of Iran's ruling Shi'ite clerics, the impact of state policies on the status of women, the controversy over parliamentary government in the Arab world, the role of modern intellectuals, and charisma and leadership in tribal societies. The arguments the authors put forward often overturn conventional opinion about the Muslim world. This original and important book reminds us that Muslim society is not a monolith, but that it encompasses a rich variety of cultures.

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