Nationalism and Liberal Thought in the Arab East: Ideology by Christoph Schumann

By Christoph Schumann

This ebook explores the advanced courting among nationalism and liberal inspiration within the Arab East in the course of the first 1/2 the 20 th century. interpreting this formative interval via reformist Islam, Arab secularism and Arab literature, the booklet situates significant shifts within the political ideologies and practices of Arab liberals inside of a old context.

Contributions from well known students within the box express how instead of essentially contradicting one another, those colleges of notion are heavily associated. Many key calls for of liberalism - such a lot particularly constitutionalism, the guideline of legislations, person rights, and well known participation - were principal to the nationalist schedule, whereas different matters have confirmed extra debatable: inter-confessional tolerance, secularism, and the objectives of state-sponsored schooling. even if a robust geographical region used to be pivotal to the nationalist mind's eye in the course of many of the 20th century, a robust critique of unchecked country strength took form as Arab international locations skilled a half-century of authoritarian executive. In examining those matters, the chapters reveal how the increase and fall of liberalism around the zone used to be no longer decided exclusively by way of faith or tradition, yet by way of the guidelines of influential intellectuals and politicians.

Advancing our figuring out of political ideology and perform within the Arab East, this quantity should be of significant curiosity to scholars and students of political technological know-how, background and the center East.

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