Offering a timely new appraisal of the political and social impact of Islam, Religion and Politics will be welcomed by political scientists and historians alike. In this work, Jan-Erik Lane and Hamadi Redissi employ a Weberian approach, underlining the social consequences of religious beliefs, to account for the political differences between the major civilizations of the world against the background of the rise of modern capitalism in the Occidental sphere. Compared with Weber and his emphasis upon economic modernization, the perspective on religion is broadened to encompass post-modernity; particular attention is paid to human rights and the rule of law. This thought-provoking work raises the question of whether the tenets of Islam might be reconciled with the requirements of post-modernity.

part Section I|46 pages

The Muslim Civilisation and Modernisation

chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

Modernity, Post-Modernity and the Muslim World

chapter Chapter 2|10 pages

Islam and Post-Modernity

chapter Chapter 3|16 pages

The Weber Thesis

part Section II|22 pages


chapter Chapter 4|9 pages

Mohammed – A Political Prophet

chapter Chapter 5|10 pages

Islam: Faith and Rationality

part Section III|32 pages

The Muslim Legacy

chapter Chapter 6|16 pages

Traditional Domination

chapter Chapter 7|14 pages

Islamic Law and Arab Legal Institutions

part Section IV|37 pages

Muslim Modernisation

chapter Chapter 8|16 pages

Capitalism in Muslim Countries

chapter Chapter 9|19 pages

The Modernisation of Arabia

part Section V|45 pages

Future of the Muslim Civilisation

chapter Chapter 10|10 pages

Separation Between State and Religion?

chapter Chapter 11|9 pages

Towards a New Fundamentalism

chapter Chapter 12|9 pages

Islam and Democracy