Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (June 22, 2016)
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For generations Islamic and Western intellectuals and policymakers have debated Islam’s compatibility with democratic govt, often with few reliable conclusions. yet where—Brandon Kendhammer asks during this book—have the voices of normal, working-class Muslims been during this dialog? Doesn’t the destiny of democracy relaxation of their fingers? traveling with neighborhood participants in northern Nigeria, he tells the complicated tale of the beautiful go back of democracy to a rustic that has additionally embraced Shariah legislation and persisted the unconventional non secular terrorism of Boko Haram. Kendhammer argues that regardless of Nigeria’s struggles with jihadist insurgency, its contemporary historical past is basically one among tenuous and fragile reconciliation among mass democratic aspirations and concerted renowned efforts to maintain Islamic values in executive and legislation. Combining an leading edge research of Nigeria’s Islamic and political heritage with visits to the residing rooms of operating households, he sketches how this reconciliation has been built within the conversations, debates, and daily reviews of Nigerian Muslims. In doing so, he uncovers worthy new lessons—ones rooted within the genuine politics of standard life—for how democracy could paintings along the criminal attractiveness of Islamic values, a query that extends some distance past Nigeria and into the Muslim international at large.