Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power by Vali Nasr - PDF and EPUB eBook

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Islamization is commonly seen as the work of Islamist movements who have forced their ideology on ruling regimes and other...

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Details of Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power

Exact title of the book
Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power
Book author
Vali Nasr
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
248 pages
Language
English
Published
September 13th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA
File size (in PDF)
992 kB
Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power

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Islamization is commonly seen as the work of Islamist movements who have forced their ideology on ruling regimes and other hapless social actors. There is little doubt that ruling regimes and disparate social and political actors alike are pushed in the direction of Islamic politics by Islamist forces. However, Islamist activism and its revolutionary and utopian rhetoric only partly explain this trend.

Here, Nasr argues that the state itself plays a key role in embedding Islam in the politics of Muslim countries. Focusing on Malaysia and Pakistan, Nasr argues that the turn to Islam is a facet of the state's drive to establish hegemony over society and expand its powers and control.