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Beyond Piety and Politics

Religion, Social Relations, and Public Preferences in the Middle East and North Africa

by Sabri Ciftci, F. Michael Wuthrich and Ammar Shamaileh

Published by: Indiana University Press

280 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 28 b&w illus., 30 b&w tables

This book can be purchased from this website 60 days before the publish date

  • Paperback
  • 9780253060532
  • Published: May 2022

$28.00

This book can be purchased from this website 60 days before the publish date

  • eBook
  • 9780253060556
  • Published: May 2022

$27.99

This book can be purchased from this website 60 days before the publish date

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253060525
  • Published: May 2022

$70.00

How do ordinary men and women in Muslim-majority societies create religion-informed views of political topics such as democracy and economics?

Beyond Piety and Politics provides a groundbreaking approach to understanding the depth and variety of political attitudes held by people who consider themselves to be pious Muslims. Using data to measure religiosity, the authors argue for the existence of four categories—Religious Individualist, Social Communitarian, Post-Islamist, and Religious Communitarian—to explore complex and nuanced worldviews across a wide range of Muslims. They also reveal how intra-faith variation is defined by the dominant or state-sanctioned religion.

By highlighting the dynamic societal and political implications of religious devotion, Beyond Piety and Politics offers a fascinating new theoretical perspective on Islam.