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Culture or Class? Why Islam is Neither the Question nor the Answer

Culture or Class? Why Islam is Neither the Question nor the Answer The separate study of Islam prioritises religion and culture over other factors that may influence economic development. This approach ultimately focusses on the individual as the starting point and has much in common with the methodological individualism of neoclassical economics. This paper argues that there is nothing exceptional about religion and culture, or essential about Islam that warrants their separate analysis in relation to the process of economic development. It adopts a comparative approach which does not prioritise religion and culture, or essentialise Islam. Instead it seeks to explain the problems of development in Muslim countries in terms of class formations related to the nature of capitalist development, secularisation and social transformations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Islam Brill

Culture or Class? Why Islam is Neither the Question nor the Answer

Sociology of Islam , Volume 1 (1-2): 64 – Jan 1, 2013

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Brill
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© 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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ISSN
2213-140X
eISSN
2213-1418
DOI
10.1163/22131418-00101004
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Abstract

The separate study of Islam prioritises religion and culture over other factors that may influence economic development. This approach ultimately focusses on the individual as the starting point and has much in common with the methodological individualism of neoclassical economics. This paper argues that there is nothing exceptional about religion and culture, or essential about Islam that warrants their separate analysis in relation to the process of economic development. It adopts a comparative approach which does not prioritise religion and culture, or essentialise Islam. Instead it seeks to explain the problems of development in Muslim countries in terms of class formations related to the nature of capitalist development, secularisation and social transformations.

Journal

Sociology of IslamBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: Islam; religion; class; development; the state

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