Religion and Representation: Islam and Democracy

Religion and Representation: Islam and Democracy brings together a series of reflections, studies and observations that examine the complex relationship between political representation and Islam. Through the perspectives of theology, history, sociology, philosophy and political science, contributions to this volume explore the connections between religious beliefs, religiosity, political ideals and political behaviour. Grounded in the experience of both Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority states, the chapters represent a broad cross-section of approaches that emerge from a process of exchange and dialogue, which began with a three-day conference in London, Canada in March 2012. Beyond demonstrating how Islam and democracy are compatible, the authors in this volume employ theological reasoning, theoretical insight, logical argumentation and empirical data to explore in detail the points of connection. Contributions encompass a broad spectrum of interpretations of Islam, as well as consideration of critical and compelling issues and controversies across a range of contemporary settings.

Ingrid Mattson is the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College in London, Canada. She previously taught at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where she founded and directed the Islamic Chaplaincy Program and served as director of the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian Muslim Relations. She is the author of The Story of the Qur’an (Blackwell, 2008), as well as numerous articles on Islamic ethics, gender, and social issues.

Paul Nesbitt-Larking is Professor of Political Science at Huron University College in London, Canada. A scholar in political identities, citizenship, multiculturalism, and political communications, his recent publications include The Political Psychology of Globalization: Muslims in the West (Oxford University Press, 2011) and the Palgrave Handbook of Global Political Psychology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He is currently President of the International Society of Political Psychology.

Nawaz Tahir is a lawyer practising in the field of civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury and insurance law. He obtained both his LLB and a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative and Commercial Studies from Western University in London, Ontario. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Civil Procedure at Western’s Law School. He founded and co-chaired the international conference “Islam and Democracy” that inspired this book.

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ISBN: 1-4438-7059-5

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-7059-7

Release Date: 13th January 2015

Pages: 320

Price: £52.99