The Oxford Handbook of Politics in Muslim Societies

ISBN : 9780190931056

Melani Cammett; Pauline Jones
896 Pages
171 x 248 mm
Pub date
Feb 2022
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Muslim societies are largely absent from the study of religion and politics in the social sciences, despite the fact that scholarly literature often presumes that religion exercises a colossal influence on social, political, and economic outcomes in predominantly Muslim countries. This volume utilizes real world events and newly available data to more fully integrate the study of politics in Muslim societies into mainstream comparative analytical frameworks. Moreover, it explores the extent to which theories about core topics of inquiry in political science apply to Muslim societies. The aim is to interrogate rather than presume both whether and how Islam and Muslims are distinct from other religions and religious communities. Through 40 chapters by leading specialists, the Oxford Handbook of Politics in Muslim Societies examines a wide range of topics concerning regimes and regime change, electoral politics, political attitudes and behavior beyond voting, social mobilization, economic performance and development outcomes, and social welfare and governance. The Handbook shifts focus away from the Arab world as the barometer of politics in the Muslim world, recognizing that the Islamic world spans several regions including Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia. This expanded geography enables a thorough investigation of which relationships, if any, hold across Muslim majority states in different regions of the world.


1. Politics in Muslim Societies: What's Religion Got to Do with It?
Melani Cammett and Pauline Jones
Part I: Regimes and Regime Change
2. Islam and Political Structure in Historical Perspective
Eric Chaney
3. State-Formation, Statist Islam, and Regime Instability: Evidence from Turkey
Kristin E. Fabbe
4. States, Religion, and Democracy in Southeast Asia: Comparative Religious Regime Formation
Kikue Hamayotsu
5. Repression of Islamists and Authoritarian Survival in the Arab World: A Case Study of Egypt
Jean Lachapelle
6. Regime Types, Regime Transitions, and Religion in Pakistan
Matthew J. Nelson
7. Regime Change under the Party of Justice and Development (AKP) in Turkey
Feryaz Ocakli
8. Islam, Nationalism, and Democracy in Asia: Nations under Gods or Gods under Nations?
Maya Tudor
9. Military Politics in Muslim Societies
Nicholas J. Lotito
10. Voting for Islamists: Mapping the Role of Religion
Ellen Lust, Kristen Kao, and Gibran Okar
Part II: Electoral Politics/, Parties, and Elections
11. Party Systems in Muslim Societies
Elizabeth R. Nugent
12. Ideologies, Brands, and Demographics in Muslim Southeast Asia: Voting for Islam
Thomas Pepinsky
13. Religion and Party Politics in India and Pakistan
Steven I. Wilkinson
14. Religion and Electoral Competition in Senegal
Dominika Koter
15. Clientelism, Constituency Services, and Elections in Muslim Societies
Daniel Corstange and Erin York
16. Religiosity and Political Attitudes in Turkey during the AKP Era
S. Erdem Aytac
Part III: Political Attitudes and Behavior beyond Voting
17. Religious Practice and Political Attitudes among Shiites in Iran and Iraq
Fotini Christia, Elizabeth Dekeyser, and Dean Knox
18. Repressive Religious Regulation and Political Mobilization in Central Asia: Why Muslims (Don't) Rebel
Dustin Gamza and Pauline Jones
19. How Extraordinary Was the Arab Spring? Examining Protest Potential in the Muslim World
Avital Livny
20. Illicit Economies and Political Violence in Central Asia
Lawrence P. Markowitz, and Mariya Y. Omelicheva
21. Piety, Devotion, and Support for Shari'a: Examining the Link between Religiosity and Political Attitudes in Pakistan
Niloufer A. Siddiqui
22. Mapping and Explaining Arab Attitudes toward the Islamic State: Findings from an Arab Barometer Survey and Embedded Experiment
Mark Tessler, Michael Robbins, and Amaney Jamal
Part IV: Social Mobilization
23. Social Movements, Parties, and Political Cleavages in Morocco: A Religious Divide?
Adria Lawrence
24. The Rise and Impact of Muslim Women Preaching Online
Richard A. Nielsen
25. Religion and Mobilization in the Syrian Uprising and War
Wendy Pearlman
26. Christian-Muslim Relations in the Shadow of Conflict: Insights from Kaduna, Nigeria
Alexandra Scacco and Shana S. Warren
27. New Media and Islamist Mobilization in Egypt
Alexandra A. Siegel
28. Islamically Framed Mobilization in Tunisia: Ansar al-Sharia in the Aftermath of the Arab Uprisings
Frederic Volpi
29. Islamist Mobilization during the Arab Uprisings
Chantal Berman
Part V: Economic Performance/ and Development Outcomes
30. Religious Legitimacy and Long Run Economic Growth in the Middle East
Jared Rubin
31. Islam and Economic Development: The Case of Non-Muslim Minorities in the Middle East and North Africa
Mohamed Saleh
32. State Institutions and Economic Performance in 19th Century Egypt
Lisa Blaydes and Safinaz El Tarouty
33. Colonial Legacies and Welfare Provision in the Middle East and North Africa
Melani Cammett, Allison Spencer Hartnett, and Gabriel Koehler-Derrick
34. Islam and the Politics of Development: Shrines and Literacy in Pakistan
Adeel Malik and Rinchan Mirza
35. Islam and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Melina R. Platas
36. Islamic Finance and Development in Malaysia
Fulya Apaydin
Part VI: Social Welfare and Governance
37. Welfare States in the Middle East
Ferdinand Eibl
38. Islamist Organizations and the Provision of Social Services
Steven Thomas Brooke
39. Exploring the Role of Islam in Mali: Service Provision, Citizenship, and Governance
Jaimie Bleck and Alex Thurston
40. Islamist Parties and Women's Representation in Morocco: Taking One for the Team
Lindsay J. Benstead
41. The Islamic State as a Revolutionary Rebel Group: IS' Governance and Violence in Historical Context
Megan A. Stewart

About the author: 

Melani Cammett is the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government and Chair of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University. She holds a secondary faculty appointment at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Pauline Jones is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum at the University of Michigan.

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