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The Sharia State : Arab Spring and Democratization, Paperback / softback Book

The Sharia State : Arab Spring and Democratization Paperback / softback


Set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, The Sharia State examines the Islamist concept of political order.

This order is based on a new interpretation of sharia and has been dubbed "the Islamic state" by Islamists.

The concept of "the Islamic state," has been elevated to a political agenda and it is this agenda that is examined here. In contrast to the prevailing view which sees the Arab Spring as a revolution, this book argues that the phenomenon has been neither a Spring, nor a revolution.

The term 'Arab Spring,' connotes a just rebellion that led to toppling dictators and authoritarian rulers, yet in The Sharia State, Bassam Tibi challenges the unchecked assumption that the seizure of leadership by Islamists is a part of the democratization of the Middle East.

Providing a new perspective on the relationship between the Arab Spring and democratization, this book is an essential read for students and scholars of Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic Studies and Politics.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Society & social sciences
  • ISBN: 9780415662178