The Coherence of Middle Eastern Societies: Anglican and Islamic political thought

Said, Yazid (2021) The Coherence of Middle Eastern Societies: Anglican and Islamic political thought. International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church. ISSN 1474-225X

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Abstract

As nationalism runs out of steam in the Middle East, modern Islamic resurgence has often called for the restoration of Shari’a as a basis for reform in the modern state. As such, there has been an increasing interest in defining the coherence of Middle Eastern societies. This article aims to go beyond another analysis of the cyclical pattern of violence and conflict in the region. Given the former Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic’s appraisal of Anglicanism as a via media, the article clarifies a way forward through thinking about religious, legal and political matters together whilst engaging with the seminal works of Rowan Williams and Wael Hallaq, as well as some classical Anglican and Muslim thinkers. The article proposes a subtle reframing of the notion of religious communities and the state’s sovereignty in the contemporary Middle East, challenging political Islam's claim to finality, and favouring an interactive argumentative pluralist Arab world.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church on 21 April, 2021, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1474225X.2021.1909352
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Yazid Said
Date Deposited: 14 May 2021 09:12
Last Modified: 14 May 2021 09:12
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3282

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