Toward New Democratic Imaginaries - İstanbul Seminars on Islam, Culture and Politics

  • Seyla Benhabib
  • Volker Kaul

Part of the Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations book series (PPCE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlviii
  2. Struggles Over Political Legitimacy: The Arab Spring, Al-Qaeda, and Gezi Park

  3. Islam and Democracy in the Global Age

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Volker Kaul
      Pages 89-95
    3. Khaled Abou El Fadl
      Pages 111-124
    4. Irfan Ahmad
      Pages 125-136
    5. Abdelmajid Charfi
      Pages 137-147
  4. Multiculturalism, Interculturalism and Multiple Modernities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Charles Taylor
      Pages 189-200
    3. Kwame Anthony Appiah
      Pages 201-210
    4. Alain Touraine
      Pages 211-217
    5. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im
      Pages 219-227
    6. Richard J. Bernstein
      Pages 229-240
    7. Alessandro Ferrara
      Pages 241-251
    8. David M. Rasmussen
      Pages 253-262
  5. Gender, Culture and Islam

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 331-342

About this book


This volume combines rigorous empirical and theoretical analyses with political engagement to look beyond reductive short-hands that ignore the historical evolution and varieties of Islamic doctrine and that deny the complexities of Muslim societies' encounters with modernity itself. Are Islam and democracy compatible? Can we shed the language of 'Islam vs. the West' for new political imaginaries?

The authors analyze struggles over political legitimacy since the Arab Spring and the rise of Al Qaeda and ISIS in their historical and political complexity across the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. Distinguishing multiculturalism from interculturalism and understanding multiple modernities, philosophers in the volume tease out the complexities of civilizational encounters. The volume also shows how the Paris massacres or the Danish caricature controversy do not remain confined to Europe but influence struggles and confrontations within Muslim societies. Gender and Islam are addressed from a comparative perspective bringing into conversation not only the experience of different Muslim countries with Islamic law but also by analysing Jewish family law.


Al-Qaeda Arab Spring Debates on Gender and Democracy in Iran Democracy and Islam European Politics of Resentment Faith, Culture and Politics Gezi Park Islam and the West Islam, Feminism and Secular Democracy Kurdish Question Political Legitimacy Politics After Al-Qaeda Public Visibility of Islam Religion, Politics and Islam States, Identities and Legitimacy in the Arab World Taksim Square Truth in Modern Islam Turkish Republican Laicism Women’s Rights in Muslim Societies

Editors and affiliations

  • Seyla Benhabib
    • 1
  • Volker Kaul
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept Political Science Rosenkranz HallYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Center for Ethics and Global PoliticsLUISS 'Guido Carli' UniversityRomeItaly

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