Author

John Roedel

Abstract

In pursuit of radical democracy, against the juggernaut of modern liberalism, this thesis attempts an unusual resuscitation of an Islamic nonviolence by engaging in bridge-building and mutual translation between the principled nonviolence of Mahatma Gandhi and the so-called "political Islam" of Sayyid Qutb. By means of the method of immanent critique, this thesis employs the "anthropological skepticism" of Talal Asad to critique the secularist notions of agency employed by these seminal and polarizing figures, revealing the centrality of "lack" to both ideologies. It otherwise self-consciously adopts the essentialisms used by and against these ideologies to attempt to lay the groundwork for an edifice with maximum rhetorical appeal.

Department

Middle East Studies Center

Degree Name

MA in Middle East Studies

Date of Award

2-1-2019

Online Submission Date

January 2019

First Advisor

Schwab, Manuel

Committee Member 1

Khayyat, Munira

Committee Member 2

Gubara, Dahlia

Document Type

Thesis

Extent

097 p.

Rights

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Comments

Generous financial support from AUC, and MESC in particular, allowed this thesis to see the light.

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