Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia

Author: Sindre Bangstad

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1783600101

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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In late July 2011, Norway was struck by the worst terror attacks in its history. In a fertilizer-bomb attack on Government Headquarters in Oslo and a one-hour-long shooting spree at the Labour Party Youth Camp at Utøya, seventy-seven people, mostly teenagers, were killed by Anders Behring Breivik. By targeting young future social democratic leaders, his actions were meant to lead to the downfall of Europe’s purportedly multiculturalist elites, thus removing an obstacle to his plans for an ethnic cleansing of Muslims from Europe. In this highly original work, leading Norwegian social anthropologist Sindre Bangstad reveals how Breivik's beliefs were not simply the result of a deranged mind, but rather they are the result of the political mainstreaming of pernicious racist and Islamophobic discourses. These ideas, currently gaining common currency, threaten equal rights to dignity, citizenship and democratic participation for minorities throughout contemporary Europe. An authoritative account of the Norwegian terror attacks and the neo-racist discourse that motivated them.
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Shari_a

Islamic Law in the Contemporary Context

Author: Abbas Amanat,Frank Griffel

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804779538

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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This volume presents ten leading scholars' writings on contemporary Islamic law and Muslim thought. The essays examine a range of issues, from modern Muslim discourses on justice, natural law, and the common good, to democracy, the social contract, and "the authority of the preeminent jurist." Changes in how Shari'a has been understood over the centuries are explored, as well as how it has been applied in both Sunni and Shi'i Islam. Debates on the nature, interpretation, reform, and application of Shari'a lie at the core of all Islamist revivalist ideologies and movements of the past two centuries. The demand for the implementation of Shari'a is one of the hallmarks of Islamic fundamentalism, and Shari'a has become one of the most controversial and politicized concepts in Muslim-majority countries today. This is one of the first books to examine how Muslims understand and apply Shari'a in contemporary societies.
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India's 2009 Elections

Coalition Politics, Party Competition and Congress Continuity

Author: Paul Wallace,Ramashray Roy

Publisher: SAGE Publishing India

ISBN: 813211955X

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

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India's 2009 Elections is an inquiry into the 15th General Elections of India. It explores how the elections played out, what factors influenced the electorate, and how the elections are an important contribution to India's democracy. Authored by renowned scholars and analysts from various backgrounds, the collection of articles critically examines multiple areas of the Indian polity: - Coalition and alliance politics, representation, national integration, and women's participation. - Dominant party, competitive two-party and multi-party states including Gujarat, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, and the northeast states. - Caste, tribal, and ethnic politics. According to the contributors, the public outcome of the 2009 elections indicated a demand for integrity, continuity, and competence-values that were considered almost obsolete in today's political scenario. At the same time, the contributors admit to problems in structure, providing for minority cultures, stability, and contentious public policy issues.
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