By Zoya Hasan
This ebook explores the nature of the political transformation and democratic transition within the Asian Muslim international. It asks even if democracy is acceptable and fascinating as a political process for non-Western societies, and assesses the level of exact democratization in all the international locations studied, particularly, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.
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Without debating the validity of the observation, there is no denying that there is something seriously wrong with the entire system. ) The proliferation of small arms, protection of known criminals by political parties, and the former occupying important political positions within the party and also the political system are well known. Most ward commissioners are known criminals. Toll collection by political parties is the order of the day. Murders of shopkeepers for refusal to pay tolls are also quite frequent.
One, however, needs to keep in context that the Awami League, despite remaining in power 52 AMENA MOHSIN AND MEGHNA GUHATHAKURTA for five years, could not revert to a secular constitution mainly due to electoral politics. Apart from this apparent divide, there is hardly any ideological difference between the two mainstream parties, the Awami League and the BNP. On the economic front, both profess liberal economies and development of the private sector. The rise of Jamaat in the political arena is often regarded as a contributory factor towards the politics of polarisation.
Democracy in Muslim Societies (Orf Studies in Contemporary Muslim Societies) by Zoya Hasan