Political Islam, World Politics and Europe by Bassam Tibi

By Bassam Tibi

Is political Islam suitable with democracy? the increase of political Islam, as a strength in international politics, has brought on questions and theories pertaining to its nature and compatibility with democratic values. now not least were discussions and conflicts inside of Islamic groups, fairly in Europe the place offerings of identification and allegiance are becoming acute. Bassam Tibi offers a vast ranging evaluation of political Islam on the planet, in all its quite a few manifestations. specifically he specializes in Europe that is additionally domestic to an important Islamic minority. when rejecting the conflict of Civilizations conception the writer essentially demonstrates the transforming into clash and incompatibility among Islamist hobbies and ecu democracy. A working towards Muslim himself, Bassam Tibi, makes transparent the very important significance of constructing a Euro Islam that might peacefully accommodate non secular ideals inside an inclusive democratic eu tradition.

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The great diversity of religious communities precludes that one religion-based order of a single community can be accepted by all others, let alone imposed on them. In view of this fact, it is not an indication of a dogmatic secularism to argue that religious pluralism needs to be based on a separation of religion and politics and thus be acceptable to all religious communities. Such a policy reflects strategies for conflict prevention and no pursuit of secular beliefs. Clearly, today’s non-Muslims are not willing to live as dhimmi – as explained above – under Islamic rule.

37 This book is organized into three parts. In Part I I introduce the basic notions underlying the civilizational competition in world politics: the envisioned Nizam Islami/Islamic order and the vision of democratic peace for a post-bipolar world order. I first inquire into the classical Islamic concept of jihad and how Muslims have debated it, both in the past and in the present, as an instrument of an Islamic world revolution (Chapter 1). This chapter is fundamental to the rest of the book, given the often false contentions made on this issue both by Salafist Muslim and biased Western commentators.

42 In a broader sense, the rise of Islamism as an indication of the politicization of religion is related to a global phenomenon of religious revival articulated as the ‘‘return of the sacred’’ – a challenge to the secular worldview established in Western societies, but not yet in non-Western civilizations. The study of religion and politics has also become an area of concern for the discipline of IR in view of the impact of transnational religion. The ascendance of Islamist movements as non-state actors makes clear that the overall issue is the ‘‘return of the sacred’’ taking place as a politicization of religion.

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