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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 (2016) 9 (2): 237–251.
Published: 01 April 2016
..., namely, through the structure of Muslim theology and laws (sharia) are not successful and lead to impoverishing the richness of both Arab culture and political thought. KEYWORDS Arab culture; Arab political thought; geopolitics; religion; Islam; Arab nationalism; political Islam; Arab Marxism; secularism...
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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): 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 (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 (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): 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 (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 (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 (2012) 5 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 January 2012
...Youssef Mohammad Sawani Libya's contemporary history has been dominated by the interplay of the perpetual dynamics of religion, tribalism, oil and ideology. After 42 years in power Qadhafi was killed at the hands of revolutionaries and the final chapter of his dictatorial reign was terminated. With...