The central message of this book is that the state matters. Muslim states are often characterized as dictatorial and repressive or overwhelmed and powerless in the face of mushrooming Islamist movements, which will take over if the states initiate political liberalization. However, such views represent gross exaggerations. Muslim states can and do influence—through their policies, the institutions for participation they permit, and their capacity to function effectively—the mobilization strategies that Islamist groups choose. They can be positive actors by providing political access and public goods. This book illuminates these powers of the state.


Political Participation Poverty Relief Effective Capacity Muslim World Islamic Education 
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