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By Nathan J. Brown

ISBN-10: 0190619422

ISBN-13: 9780190619428

Arguing Islam after the Rebirth of Arab Politics analyzes the politics of faith within the Arab international after the emergence of latest public spheres over the last few many years. The publication examines these spheres as they are surely, no longer measuring them opposed to any excellent of democratic deliberation, and exhibit how they're energetic and more and more participatory but additionally polarizing, divisive, and much from egalitarian. And whereas they Read more...


Arguing Islam after the Revival of Arab Politics analyzes the politics of faith within the Arab international after the emergence of recent public spheres during the last few a long time. The e-book examines those Read more...

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But fourth, because arguments are made in public, words can be detached from the speaker with great ease. Arguments cross the boundaries among spheres more readily than a speaker’s authority does. The effect is that points of view often meet but noisily and contentiously and in a manner that is sometimes polarizing. Fifth, when we move to the effect of the arguments, we will see how political structures in the Arab world are generally constructed to shut out rather than reflect public voices. There are exceptional cases, however, and paying attention to both the rule and the exceptions will show us that it is the problematic political structures in the Arab world—​and not the public nature of religion—​that makes religious arguments difficult to resolve.

If we are more inclusive and relax the insistence that we speak in specific ways, we might allow real people to barge into the public sphere. Less than pristine entrance requirements—​allowing arguments grounded in emotion and identity and short on ideals of rationality and appeals to a common public interest—​also allow excluded groups greater visibility. 10 And indeed, privileging calls to a single public interest can exclude individuals and groups who perceive their interests as distinct from the broader community, as Harold Mah has noticed when reviewing historians’ use of the concept of the public sphere: The historians who seek to study social movements in the public sphere avail themselves of that initial aspect of the public sphere as a staging ground for autonomy—​for the free expression of persons from any social background.

They use words to be sure, but they also speak in U n de r s ta n di n g t h e R e v i va l of P ol i t i c s [ 19 ] 20 ways that are violent and symbolic and at the same time in ways that are deliberately outrageous. The issue is not just squeamishness. There is a justifiable reason why jihadist groups stand at the margin of my analysis: they stood at the margin of many of the debates that occupy my attention and they do not aim at changes in public policy. It is not personal status law or educational curricula that draw their ire but the entire political order.

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