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The book has…well-argued, well-researched papers….The subject of Madrasa education is too complex to be dealt with in one seminar. Nevertheless, the attempt is commendable.
Democracy, has taken all the newly-freed countries by storm. The book under review Democracy in Muslim Societies sheds some light on how democracy affected the Muslim societies. The editor and the co-editors have done their jobs quite well in collecting the relevant data, which makes the book higly-readable.
The book…makes a valuable contribution to the subject of Islam and democracy….The chapter on Pakistan by Mohammad Waseem is not only the most important from our point of view, but also the most insightful.
This Book is a helpful guide to politics in the Muslim nations and could go a long way in undoing certain misconceptions….From the essays it is evident that the misuse of religion will continue to hold up change in the societies for some more time.
The book argues, the social and political practice of Islam is neither purely text-driven nor is it informed by an immutable essence. It is, instead informed by historical trajectories and social, economic and political contingencies that arise partly from historical fortunes. This volume examines the Asian experience of Islam as a political variable specifically because the essentialisation of Islam, and for its supposed incompatibility with democracy, uses West Asia as a default template.
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