TITLE

ISLAM AND THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST

AUTHOR(S)
Badeau, John S.
PUB. DATE
October 1959
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Oct59, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p61
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on Islamic influence in modern Middle East. In every age and area, the role of Islam has been affected by contemporary political movements, national policies, economic needs and cultural patterns. Many observers predict the rapid decay of Islamic influence in the Middle East. There are two basic difficulties in assessing the part played by Islam in the Middle East. The first arises from the negative emphasis that is always the most prominent characteristic of periods of turbulent change. The loss of Islamic influence in the state, society and individual life is far more apparent and dramatic than the religious elements that quietly endure. Such a radical departure from the past as the dropping of Islam as the "religion of the state" in the provisional constitution of the United Arab Republic (U.A.R.) is a repudiation of many centuries of Muslim political form. The second difficulty comes from the nebulous content of the term "Islam." Since the Muslim religion, in origin and theory, lays claim to regulate the totality of human activity, it has historically been the "cell wall" of the social organism.
ACCESSION #
14719556

 

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