Islamism and Democracy in India: The transformation of Jamaat-e-Islami by Irfan Ahmad

Reviewed by
October 2010, no. 325
Greg Barton reviews 'Islamism and Democracy in India: The transformation of Jamaat-e-Islami' by Irfan Ahmad

Islamism and Democracy in India: The transformation of Jamaat-e-Islami

by Irfan Ahmad

Princeton University Press, $39.95 pb, 306 pp

Islamism and Democracy in India: The transformation of Jamaat-e-Islami by Irfan Ahmad

Reviewed by
October 2010, no. 325

The terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the loosely related jihadi Islamist terrorist attacks that followed in a dozen countries, have left the world more afraid than ever of Islam.

Modern terrorism is not the only factor. The West has long had a problem with Islam. This perception dates back a full millennium to a time when Europe was in its dark ages and Islamic civilisation was blossoming. From the beginning, Western anxiety about Islam has been based on almost total ignorance. Well before there was any substantial contact between Europeans and Muslims, Islam was an imagined ‘other’ automatically cast as the opposite of everything that the ‘Christian West’ claimed as its legacy.

Greg Barton reviews 'Islamism and Democracy in India: The transformation of Jamaat-e-Islami' by Irfan Ahmad

Islamism and Democracy in India: The transformation of Jamaat-e-Islami

by Irfan Ahmad

Princeton University Press, $39.95 pb, 306 pp

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