Values and Perceptions of the Islamic and Middle Eastern Publics

Editors: Moaddel, M. (Ed.)

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Addressing values and politics in the Muslim world, this pioneering volume examines attitudes towards democracy and politics, self-expression and traditional values, convergence and divergence of values between the elite and the publics of Islamic and European countries.

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MANSOOR MOADDEL is Professor of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University, USA.

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"Throughout, the volume employs and reports clearly about appropriate methodologies to engage important questions, rooting its topical and contemporary focus in a manner to enlarge the needed realm required for policy thinking. The editor has done a superb job orienting the book overall within accepted methods and questions central to comparative study in the social sciences." - Gordon L. Brown, Southwest Review of Asian Studies"After the horrific events of 9/11, a world wide debate raged about Islam, Muslims, politics, and terrorism. Much ofthe debate was marred by a priori ideological biases, partisan attitudes or even untested mega-civilizational generalization. This volume is one of the few fresh breakthroughs to the debate. It brings the reader a close-up of Muslims in the flesh, not as abstract mystified beings but as real agents of history and social change. The diversity of Muslim majority countries and themes covered by the surveys do a great deal to teach us of how 21st century Muslims feel and think about a host of central values and critical issues of our times. This volume is a must-read for all those who are seeking an enlightened, understanding of the 1.4 billion Muslims in the world today." - Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Professor of Political Sociology, The American University in Cairo, and Chairman, Ibn Khaldun Center for Developmental Studies"This book addresses one of the most pressing questions of comparative political behavior - the potential class of values between Western and Islamic publics. Based on national public opinion surveys from the newest wave of the World Values Survey, this study presents fascinating evidence on the relationship between Islamic values and democratic values in a large set of Islamic nations. Many of the findings will challenge conventional wisdom, suggesting the cultural basis for democratization in Islamic nations may be greater than currently presumed. This book is sure to evoke debate and discussion on the content of political culture in the Islamic world." - Russell J. Dalton, Founding Director, Center for the Study of Democracy, University of California, Irvine"The authors of theseinformative chaptersaddressa pressing need for sound knowledgeabout the Islamic worldby using the best data available to describe, probe, and analyze public opinion withinIslamic countries. This volume helps us to seemore clearly what these societies have in common with the West and with each other, and it helps us to understandmore deeplyhow they differ - from the West and from each other. Itis essential reading for allwho want to know aboutpublic opinion within the Islamicworld." - Mark Chaves, Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: Theoretical and Methodological Issues in the Study of Values

    Pages 1-22

    Moaddel, Mansoor

  • The Worldviews of Islamic Publics in Global Perspective

    Pages 25-46

    Inglehart, Ronald F.

  • Value Systems of Elites and Publics in the Mediterranean: Convergence or Divergence

    Pages 47-70

    Díez-Nicolás, Juan

  • Muslim Immigrants in Western Europe: Persisting Value Differences or Value Adaptation?

    Pages 71-102

    Pettersson, Thorleif

  • Do Islamic Orientations Influence Attitudes toward Democracy in the Arab World? Evidence from the World Values Survey in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Algeria

    Pages 105-125

    Tessler, Mark

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Values and Perceptions of the Islamic and Middle Eastern Publics
Editors
  • M. Moaddel
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Mansoor Moaddel
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-60333-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230603332
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7527-0
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-62198-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 355
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations
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