Islamism, Crisis and Democratization

Implications of the World Values Survey for the Muslim World

  • Hussein Solomon
  • Arno Tausch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Hussein Solomon, Arno Tausch
    Pages 1-7
  3. Hussein Solomon, Arno Tausch
    Pages 9-22
  4. Hussein Solomon, Arno Tausch
    Pages 105-119
  5. Hussein Solomon, Arno Tausch
    Pages 165-186
  6. Hussein Solomon, Arno Tausch
    Pages 187-201
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 203-247

About this book


This book systematically assesses the value systems of active Muslims around the globe. Based on a multivariate analysis of recent World Values Survey data, it sheds new light on Muslim opinions and values in countries such as Indonesia, Iran, Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey. Due to a lack of democratic traditions, sluggish economic growth, escalating religiously motivated violence, and dissatisfaction with ruling elites in many Muslim countries, the authors identify a crisis and return to conservative values in the Muslim world, including anti-Semitism, religious and sexual intolerance, and views on democracy and secularism, business and economic matters. Based on these observations, they offer recommendations for policymakers and civil societies in Muslim countries on how to move towards tolerance, greater democratization and more rapid economic growth.


World Values Survey Global opinion research Muslim values Islamism and democracy Open Society Religious Tolerance in Muslim societies Secularism Violence in the Muslim world Values of the Catholic Church Anti-Semitism Homosexuality Second Vatican Council Judaism Ecumenical Dialogue

Authors and affiliations

  • Hussein Solomon
    • 1
  • Arno Tausch
    • 2
  1. 1.University of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

Bibliographic information