Delicate Debates on Islam

Policymakers and Academics Speaking with Each Other

Edited by Jan Michiel Otto and Hannah Mason

Edited by Jan Michiel Otto and Hannah Mason

Distributed for Leiden University Press

100 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9789087281175 Published August 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In this important volume, a broad range of scholars and policymakers, including former NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Dutch politician and former mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen, have come together to explore how politicians and scholars in the West approach Islam. Many Western countries, including the US and the Netherlands, have seen an increasing polarization of opinion in the past decade, with some public figures and members of the mainstream media embracing stereotypes in lieu of a real understanding about Islam as a religion and a culture. This wide-ranging collection also touches on sensitive issues such as human rights violations and the position of women in Islam, and it furthers the conversation about the West’s relationship with Islam, by creating a more subtle and sophisticated depiction of the religion and its adherents.
Contents
Foreword: About LUCIS
Delicate Debates on Islam. Policymakers and Academics Speaking with Each Other: an Introduction
      Jan Michiel Otto and Hannah Mason

A Policymaker's Pressing Questions about Islam
      Job Cohen
Challenges for NATO's Operations in the Muslim World
      Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
The (Ir)Relevance of Academic Research to Foreign Policymaking
      Nikolaos van Dam
Dynamism in Islamic Activism: Some Reflections on the Advisory Report by the WRR (Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy)
      Wendy Asbeek Brusse
Excerpts from the Cabinet's Reaction to the WRR report Dynamism in Islamic Activism: Reference Points for Democratization and Human Rights
Historical Diversity in the Muslim World
      Petra Sijpesteijn
Islamic Studies in the Dutch Public Sphere
      Léon Buskens
'Taki-What? What Are You Talking About?'
      Maurits Berger
Sharia and Law in a Bird's-Eye View: Reform, Moderation and Ambiguity
      Jan Michiel Otto
Who Speaks for Islam? Learning What Most Muslims Think, and Some Lessons for Policymaking
      Dalia Mogahed
Islam Studies, Foreign Policy and the Muslim World: From Bush to Obama
      John Esposito

About the Authors
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