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Changing Interpretations of Modern and Contemporary Islamic Political Theory

Roxanne L. Euben

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548439.003.0016

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Changing Interpretations of Modern and Contemporary Islamic Political Theory

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This article examines the interpretation of contemporary Islamic political theory. Political theory is often understood as a field and enterprise at once produced by and coterminous with the West, yet there is a rich tradition of Islamic political thought in which Muslims have long been engaged in their own ‘great conversations’ about the foundations of political life. The article also discusses Islamic modernism and Islamic fundamentalism and describes the pluralisation of Islam.

Keywords: Islamic political theory; the West; Muslims; political life; Islamic modernism; Islamic fundamentalism

Article.  6380 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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