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Civil democratic Islam, partners, resources, and strategies
Benard, Cheryl, 1953-
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Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : Rand, [2003]

Physical Description:
xvi, 72 pages ; 26 cm
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"MR-1716 CMEPP."
Reading Level:
1370 Lexile.
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In the face of Islam's own internal struggles, it is not easy to see who we should support and how. This report provides detailed descriptions of subgroups, their stands on various issues, and what those stands may mean for the West. Since the outcomes can matter greatly to international community, that community might wish to influence them by providing support to appropriate actors. The author recommends a mixed approach of providing specific types of support to those who can influence the outcomes in desirable ways.

Author Notes

Cheryl Benard is the director of an Austrian research institute and the author of the novel Moghul Buffet (FSG, 1998). She lives in Vienna, Austria, and North Potomac, Maryland.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Tablesp. vii
Summaryp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Glossaryp. xv
Chapter 1 Mapping the Issues: An Introduction to the Range of Thought in Contemporary Islamp. 1
The Setting: Shared Problems, Different Answersp. 3
Positions on Key Issuesp. 14
Democracy and Human Rightsp. 14
Polygamyp. 15
Criminal Punishments, Islamic Justicep. 17
Minoritiesp. 20
Women's Dressp. 21
Husbands Allowed to Beat Wivesp. 22
Chapter 2 Finding Partners for the Promotion of Democratic Islam: Optionsp. 25
The Secularistsp. 25
The Fundamentalistsp. 27
The Traditionalistsp. 29
Distinguishing Between Traditionalists and Fundamentalistsp. 30
Potentially Useful Democratic Elementsp. 33
The Danger of Domestic Backlashp. 34
The Potential for Weakening Credibility and Moral Persuasivenessp. 36
The Possibility of Undermining Reformsp. 37
The Modernistsp. 37
Modernism Has Respected Intellectuals and Leadersp. 38
Weaknesses of the Modernistsp. 39
Two Special Cases of Modernismp. 40
Sufisp. 46
Chapter 3 A Proposed Strategyp. 47
Appendix A The Hadith Warsp. 49
Appendix B Hijab as a Case Studyp. 57
Appendix C Strategy in Depthp. 61
Appendix D Correspondence about the U.S. Department of State's Portrayal of Islamp. 65
Bibliographyp. 67