Religion and Politics in the Middle East: Identity, Ideology, Institutions, and Attitudes

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Westview Press, 2010 - Political Science - 335 pages

This innovative book analyzes the interaction of politics and religion in the Middle East through a comparative study of four countries—Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and Iran. Author Robert D. Lee examines each country in terms of four areas in which state and religion necessarily interact: group identity, ideology, institutions, and political culture. He also considers twenty-five commonly encountered (but often contradictory) hypotheses asserting that religion is either an obstacle or an aid to political development, or that religion is largely irrelevant to the development process. The author concludes that politics shapes religion as much or more than religion shapes politics. The nature of religious organization and practice in the Middle East cannot be understood without reference to a national political context.

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Religion as a Causal Force
The Taming of Islam in Egypt
Political Culture

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About the author (2010)

Robert D. Lee is professor of political science at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He is the author of Overcoming Tradition and Modernity: The Search for Islamic Authenticity (Westview Press, 1997) and the translator and editor of Rethinking Islam: Common Questions, Uncommon Answers by Mohammed Arkoun (Westview Press, 1994).

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