Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment

Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment

A Global and Historical Comparison

Kuru, Ahmet T. (San Diego State University)

Cambridge University Press






15 a 20 dias

Why do contemporary Muslim societies have problems of authoritarianism and socio-economic underdevelopment, despite their early history of intellectual creativity and economic progress? Kuru provides a comparative analysis of Muslim and Western European countries, focusing on the roles of religious, political, intellectual, and economic classes.
Introduction; Part I. Present: 1. Violence and peace; 2. Authoritarianism and democracy; 3. Socio-economic underdevelopment and development; Part II. History: 4. Progress: scholars and merchants (seventh to eleventh centuries); 5. Crisis: the invaders (twelfth to fourteenth centuries); 6. Power: three Muslim empires (fifteenth to seventeenth centuries); 7. Collapse: Western colonialism and Muslim reformists (eighteenth to nineteenth centuries); Conclusion.
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