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All Politics are God's Politics

Moroccan Islamism and the Sacralization of Democracy

Ahmed Khanani (author)

ISBN: 9781978818620

Publication Date: Jan 2021

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Are Muslims undemocratic? Ahmed Khanani argues that this is not the case. In All Politics are God's Politics, Khanani shows that in fact, the opposite holds true: for socially conservative, politically active Muslims (Islamists), democracy or dimuqriyya reflects and extends their religious values.
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Contemporary mass media descriptions of Muslims often suggest that Islam and Muslims are fundamentally undemocratic. Policy-makers in the West have weaponized these descriptions in attempts to legitimize anti-Muslim right-wing policy developments across the West and in the United States in particular, from surveillance in the aftermath of 9/11 to the anti-Islamic travel ban of 2017. But are Muslims undemocratic? Ahmed Khanani argues that this is not the case. In All Politics are God's Politics, Khanani shows that in fact, the opposite holds true: for socially conservative, politically active Muslims (Islamists), democracy or dimuqriyya reflects and extends their religious values. By drawing on conversations with over 100 Islamists in Morocco, this book enables readers to understand and appreciate the significance of dimuqriyya as a concept alongside new prospects for Islam and democracy in the Arab Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Khanani's in-depth analysis of the Moroccan case brings these Islamists and their attending political views to the forefront.

Unfolding in a region marked by upheavals and academic inability to diagnose significant political developments, All Politics are God's Politics contends that by attending to ordinary language everyday citizens use, one can in fact begin to accurately understand politics. Readers will discover that by connecting Islam to dimuqriyya, Islamists alter the meanings of both Islam and dimuqriyya, broaching new, democratic forms of Islam and rendering the everyday practices of dimuqriyya, like protesting electoral violations, protecting freedom of speech, and voting sacred.
Pages 228
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jan 2021
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Islam   Religion & politics   Islamic studies   International relations  
Ahmed Khanani is Plowshares Assistant Professor of Politics and co-director of the Center for Social Justice at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Ahmed's research brings together thinkers and insights from a broad array of disciplines and fields in the hopes of centering historically marginalized peoples and, hopefully, asking a thoughtful question along the way.

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