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Author Benard, Cheryl, 1953-

Title Civil democratic Islam : partners, resources, and strategies / Cheryl Benard.

Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND, National Security Research Division, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xvi, 72 pages)
Series Books at JSTOR Open Access
Notes "Supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation."
"MR-1716-CMEPP"--Page 4 of cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 67-72).
Contents Mapping the issues : an introduction to the range of thought in contemporary Islam -- Finding partners for the promotion of democratic Islam : options -- A proposed strategy -- The hadith wars -- Hijab as a case study -- Strategy in depth -- Correspondence about the U.S. Department of State's portrayal of Islam.
Summary Contemporary Islam is struggling within itself over its values, identity, and place in the world, with rivals contending for spiritual and political dominance--as well as with the "outside" world. In Western eyes, the ideal Islamic community would be democratic, economically viable, politically stable, and socially progressive and would follow the rules and norms of international conduct. But as the international community strives to understand all this and, possibly, influence the outcome, the best approaches--or even whom to approach--are not always easy to determine. As an aid to the process, this report compares and contrasts the subgroups within Islam. The author recommends careful deliberation in deciding how to proceed, taking into account the symbolic weight of certain issues, the meaning likely to be assigned to any positions U.S. policymakers might take on these issues, the consequences for other Islamic actors, and the opportunity costs and possible unintended consequences. With all that in mind, the author then makes her own series of recommendations.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Islam and civil society.
Islamic modernism.
Democracy -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Islam -- Universality.
Islam -- 21st century.
Electronic books.
ISBN 0833036203 (electronic bk.)
9780833036209 (electronic bk.)