This book by Fazzur Rahman Siddiqui delves into the history of political Islam in the colonial period to show how the idea of modernity, intense interaction, contestation and engagement between Islamist forces and the emerging democratic voices have contributed to the recent Arab uprising in the region.
The title investigates the role of religion in shaping the political situation in the Arab world on one hand and on the other it also discusses the future of political Islam. This is an ethnographic study encompassing the contestation between political Islam and the secular polity of the past and present.
Fazzur Rahman Siddiqui is a Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. He received his PhD from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi where his dissertation focused on Islamic Political Movements in West Asia and South Asia. His research expertise includes Islamic undercurrents in West Asian Politics and dynamics of development and modernization in the Arab World. His knowledge of the West Asian region is grounded in linguistic and Islamic perspectives, with particular attention to the historical evolution of the region. He is proficient in Arabic, Urdu, and Persian in addition to being fluent in English and Hindi.