From Theocracy to democracy? Towards secularisation and individualisation in the policy of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title From Theocracy to democracy? Towards secularisation and individualisation in the policy of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan
Author(s) Roald, Anne Sofie
Date 2008
English abstract
There is a common assumption that ‘Islam’ has an inherent opposition be-tween the sacred and the secular which obstructs the secularisation process witnessed in western societies. This study argues that Weber’s notion of Protestant religion as a driving force in the rationalisation of society might be an indicator of how political Islam in itself in the end might lead to a dif-ferentiation between the religious and the secular sphere; an individualisa-tion and a secularisation of the Islamic message and thereby to a privatisation of religion. The political experience of the Muslim Brother-hood in Jordan is analysed in view of western theories of secularisation, particularly Steve Bruce’s study on secularisation in British society. As Islamists work within the democratic system there seems to be a transfor-mation from being a radical organisation towards becoming ‘just another comfortable denomination’, as expressed in Bruce’s claim that ‘the sectar-ian project’ is ‘largely self-defeating’.
Link http://www.lancs.ac.uk/jais/volume/docs/vol8/v8_7_Roald_84-107.pdf (external link to publication)
Publisher Alex Metcalf
Host/Issue Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Volume Volume 8
ISSN 0806-198X
Pages 85-107
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Secularisation
Islamism
Islamic Action Front
Individualisation
shura
democracy
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12658 (link to this page)

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