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Political Civility in the Middle East - ThirdWorlds (Hardback)
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Political Civility in the Middle East - ThirdWorlds (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 30/11/2011
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Contemporary debates about civility are shaped by the dominant liberal and secular narratives of a peaceful world of sovereign nation-states. For contemporary scholars and policy makers, the challenge is to insert meaningfully the political evolution of the Middle East in the dominant liberal-democratic discourse about the current international order without invoking ill-conceived notions of Islamic exceptionalism.

The analyses gathered in this book challenge conventional `western' perspectives on civility as an expression of state-guaranteed free association in a non-violent space of discourse and behaviour. Considering the articulation of `civil' and `civilized' state-society relations in contemporary Middle Eastern polities, this book proposes both conceptual and empirical insights into the dynamics of the local, national and trans-national formation of civility and of the civil sphere. Bypassing traditional oppositions between the `western' and `Islamic' modernity, it provides an account of the communicative clusters of civility that represent the everyday formations of Islamic and secular subjects in settings organized by authoritarian-inclined state institutions and practices. It examines how the grassroots formation of `new' religious and secular identities/subjectivities and their relations with the `Other' underpin, as well as challenge and transform, the state-led processes of political ordering of a national and regional community.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415696562
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 23 mm

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