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God Willing

God Willing

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About the Book

Is Bangladesh becoming a Taliban state? Talibanization has become an international fear in our post-9/11 era, and attention has begun to focus on Bangladesh in light of the growing strength of militant groups supposedly aligned with Al Quaeda, the landslide victory of the center-right coalition in the general election of October 2001, and the deliberate and planned violence against religious minorities that followed. God Willing answers the explosive question of Talibanization by analyzing the politics of Islamism in Bangladesh, the world's third most populous Muslim country. The book's detailed analysis of events, constitutional measures, and political processes reveals how once-banned religio-political forces assumed a preeminent position within the democratic polity. Far from being a recent trend, the Islamization process in Bangladesh has been escalating for more than two decades. Looking beyond the sensational glare of media coverage, Ali Riaz helps the reader to understand the emergence of Islamism as a legitimate political force through democratic means in a largely secular state, as opposed to the media's portrayal of Bangladesh as a country overrun by Islamist forces with a supranational agenda. The author compares Bangladesh with Indonesia and Pakistan, thus adding a valuable global context for evaluating the politics of Muslim countries.
About the Author: Ali Riaz is associate professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780742530850
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Publisher Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 18 mm
  • Weight: 313 gr
  • ISBN-10: 074253085X
  • Publisher Date: 15 May 2004
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 231 mm
  • No of Pages: 230
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: The Politics of Islamism in Bangladesh
  • Width: 152 mm

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