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By Zoya Hasan

This e-book explores the nature of the political transformation and democratic transition within the Asian Muslim global. It asks no matter if democracy is acceptable and fascinating as a political process for non-Western societies, and assesses the level of tangible democratization in all the international locations studied, particularly, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.

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This framework turns religion into a political category and downplays the political encounter between imperialism and the Muslim world, for instance. A historically grounded, structural approach, on the other hand, would take into account state–society relations, the state system, political agency, pattern of political authority as it exists on the ground, and, finally, the domestic and international context of the relationship between Islam and democracy. Political patronage has been the key to turning religious identities into political identities.

While formal democracy exists, there is no substantive democracy. The second scenario is the confluence of opposite forces, of exclusivist and accommodative paths. The Awami League and left-leaning parties have formed an alliance to oust fundamentalist forces. Institutional politics and civil society involvement could become stronger, and the role of the military could well diminish. Democracy faces a crisis in Bangladesh not because it is a Muslim society, but because it is an underdeveloped nation.

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