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Islam Instrumentalized: Religion and Politics in Historical Perspective (Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society)

Islam Instrumentalized: Religion and Politics in Historical Perspective (Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society)

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Jean-Philippe Platteau
Cambridge University Press, 6/8/2017
EAN 9781316609002, ISBN10: 1316609006

Paperback, 546 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.5 cm
Language: English

In this book, economist Jean-Philippe Platteau addresses the question: does Islam, the religion of Muslims, bear some responsibility for a lack of economic development in the countries in which it dominates? In his nuanced approach, Platteau challenges the widespread view that the doctrine of Islam is reactionary in the sense that it defends tradition against modernity and individual freedom. He also questions the view that fusion between religion and politics is characteristic of Islam and predisposes it to theocracy. He disagrees with the substantivist view that Islam is a major obstacle to modern development because of a merging of religion and the state, or a fusion between the spiritual and political domains. But he also identifies how Islam's decentralized organization, in the context of autocratic regimes, may cause political instability and make reforms costly.

1. Introduction
2. Insights from early modern Europe
3. Conflation between religion and politics
the case of Islam
4. The dominant system of politico-religious relations in Islam
a historical perspective
5. The rise of Islam in conditions of state crisis
the case of weak states
6. The rise of Islam in conditions of state crisis
the case of kleptocratic despotism
7. Islamism in historical and international perspective
8. Revivalist movements in other religions
9. Enlightened despotism examined
10. Islam, politics, and the challenge of enforcement
Bibliography
Index.