Modernist Islamic Political Thought and the Egyptian and Tunisian Revolutions
The special issue of the journal Middle East Law and Governance dedicated to the Arab Spring has just come out. I contributed a short piece arguing that the best ideological framework from which the Egyptian and Tunisian Revolutions can be understood is from the perspective of Islamic Modernism. The essay makes that case through a brief discussion of the political thought of three important 19th and 20th century Muslim modernist thinkers: Rafi’ Rifa’a al-Tahtawi (Egypt); Khayr al-Din al-Tunisi (Ottoman/Tunisian); and Muhammad Rashid Rida (Syrian-Egyptian). As always, comments are appreciated.