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Modernity, Civil Society, and Sectarianism: The Egyption Muslim Brotherhood and the Takfir Groups
Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (2013)
  • Peter C. Weber, Murray State University
Abstract
By emphasizing civil society’s ambiguous relationship with modernity, the author proposes a discursive definition of civil society that draws on conflict theory. The author distinguishes between a civil society and a sectarian approach to politics from a theoretical perspective. Accordingly, a juxtaposition of the Muslim Brotherhood and its splinter groups in the Egyptian political arena epitomizes the opposing ideals of a civil society and a good society. Thus, the author moves away from the theoretical debate on the compatibility of Islam and democracy and suggests the possibility of a learning process of democratic practices by means of participating in the public sphere.
Keywords
  • Civil society Sectarianism Muslim Brotherhood Islam Democracy
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Weber, P. C. (2013). Modernity, Civil Society, and Sectarianism: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and the Takfir Groups. Voluntas, 24(2), 509-527.