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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2020) 13 (3): 51–78.
Published: 28 August 2020
... strategic alliance with Western powers, mainly the United States and the UK. However, this study suggests that the Saudi political regime is difficult to bring down because of the basic religious foundation of this regime and the so-called Saudi–Wahhabi pact. Politics and religion have been...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2019) 12 (4): 121–140.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Mahmoud Haddad For some time in the past century, the issue of racism emphasized color or race. However, it included religion in many cases. This attitude, which has subsided for some time, is making a strong comeback in many countries, foremost among them the United States, the world’s principal...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2014) 7 (4): 599–603.
Published: 01 October 2014
...Jacques Kabbanji Party politics, religion, and women’s leadership: Lebanon in comparative perspective , by Fatima Sbaity Kassem . New York , Palgrave , 2013 , 296 pp., ISBN 9781137333209 © 2014 The Centre for Arab Unity Studies 2014 Ferguson, Niall. 2008. The Ascent of Money: A...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2014) 7 (1): 22–35.
Published: 01 January 2014
...Abdelilah Belkeziz This article provides an overview of the issues addressed in a series of papers on the general theme of ‘religion and the state in the Arab world’ published in Contemporary Arab Affairs over the past 12 months. The papers were initially presented at a conference convened by the...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2014) 7 (1): 36–53.
Published: 01 January 2014
...Refat Sayed Ahmad The question of the relationship between religion and the state in the Islamic world is as old as Islam itself. The experiences of Turkey and Iran during the past 30 years qualify among the most instructive applications of the relationship. In these two cases, the interaction...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2014) 7 (1): 54–81.
Published: 01 January 2014
... be defending religion and pursuing its implementation. Such groups consider all other ways of thinking as apostasy that must be eliminated; while juxtaposed to them, there exist intellectual currents calling for the continued separation of religion and the state and its laws. During the past two...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2014) 7 (1): 82–114.
Published: 01 January 2014
... © 2014 The Centre for Arab Unity Studies 2014 Towards an intellectual and political understanding of the question of religion and the state Panel discussion* Ghassan Ben Jeddou : It is not by chance that the organizers decided to hold this seminar in Tunisia; for from here was launched the...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2013) 6 (4): 505–523.
Published: 01 October 2013
...Abdelilah Belkeziz Through an examination of the different types of relationships between religion and the state, this article argues that the two extremes of this relationship – namely, the case whereby the state exploits religion and the one where it tries to banish it – ultimately lead to the...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2013) 6 (4): 524–538.
Published: 01 October 2013
... Swedish state from one based on the Lutheran faith to today's secular society in which state and religion are officially separated. It moves on to discuss the emergence of a sizable Muslim population in the latter part of the 20th century and considers the ways in which the secular character and religious...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2013) 6 (3): 325–340.
Published: 01 July 2013
... the state to protect religion and apply the Shari'a. The main disadvantage of these propositions is that they preclude the Umma both from political power and Shari'a, thus pitting it against these two assets which become manipulated to its disadvantage by those holding power. On the other hand, an...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2013) 6 (3): 358–375.
Published: 01 July 2013
...Salaheddine Jourchi This paper presents the discourse, or more often the struggle, between secularists and Islamists in Tunisia relating religion and the state within the desired democratic system. The movement of 18 October is a landmark in the efforts for constructive work between different...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2013) 6 (3): 404–421.
Published: 01 July 2013
... the army and judiciary, the Muslim Brotherhood, and liberals – to collaborate and avoid posing religion and the state as two opposing entities. Having to deal with the Shari'a as the source or reference for legislation need not be a polarizing issue as religion is being dealt with as ‘the dominant...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2013) 6 (3): 376–403.
Published: 01 July 2013
...Tawfiq Alsaif This paper tracks the relationship between religion and the state in Saudi Arabia during the past 50 years. This relationship is unique in the sense that the religious power (Wahabi) together with the ruling family (Al Sa'ud) were partners in founding the Kingdom. This cooperative...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2013) 6 (2): 164–171.
Published: 01 April 2013
...Rached Ghannouchi From a historical perspective, there has always existed a distinction between the state and religion in Islam, yet no separation. Moreover, there are many types of secularism and many interpretations in Islam. The elite in Tunisia adopts the French type of secularism whereby a...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2018) 11 (3): 25–46.
Published: 03 September 2018
... movements adopt illiberal views towards women and minorities, particularly non-Muslims, because of their conservative and rigid interpretation of religion. This study argues that religion is not the only factor that shapes these views. By unpacking the position of the Brotherhood towards women and...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2016) 9 (4): 565–576.
Published: 01 October 2016
... in Iraq post-Saddam Iraq Majorities and minorities in post-ISIS Iraq Omar Abdel-Razeka and Miriam Puttickb aJournalist and researcher in sociology of religion, London, UK; bResearcher and advocate of human rights, Toronto, Canada ABSTRACT The question of majorities and minorities has dominated...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2019) 12 (3): 3–20.
Published: 03 September 2019
... than ever, as several Islamist movements are advancing further on the path to accepting democracy, political pluralism, and power-sharing. Several Islamist movements in the Arab and Islamic world today are embracing public and individual freedoms, and advocating a separation of religion and politics...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2019) 12 (3): 41–64.
Published: 03 September 2019
...Mohammad Dawood Sofi What happened within and beyond Tunisia in 2010–11 has been told repeatedly from a number of perspectives, each putting a greater or a lesser emphasis on one or several variables ranging from society, politics, economics, to religion or the involvement of external dynamics. An...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2018) 11 (4): 83–110.
Published: 04 December 2018
... social sciences—the systematic study of man and society which had emerged in the West—have been slowly making their way into these institutions, alongside a number of other changes. This article investigates, qualitatively, the religious training of Shia men of religion in Lebanon in order to explore the...
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2018) 11 (1-2): 127–137.
Published: 01 March 2018
... in negotiations. The Salafi movement is a social movement born out of the womb of society and its crises. It then adopted the same society, which has been muddling in the ignorance of religion and worldly dichotomies, as a target for change. This study attributes the growth in the number of Salafist...