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Despots or democrats?: Sistani, Sadr and Shia politics in post-Saddam Iraq

Isakhan, Benjamin 2013, Despots or democrats?: Sistani, Sadr and Shia politics in post-Saddam Iraq, in Islam, Islamist movements and democracy in the Middle East: challenges, opportunities and responses, Global Vision publishing house, Delhi, India, pp.171-192.

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Title Despots or democrats?: Sistani, Sadr and Shia politics in post-Saddam Iraq
Author(s) Isakhan, Benjamin
Title of book Islam, Islamist movements and democracy in the Middle East: challenges, opportunities and responses
Editor(s) Kumar, Rajeesh
Nizar, Navaz
Publication date 2013
Chapter number 8
Total chapters 8
Start page 171
End page 192
Total pages 22
Publisher Global Vision publishing house
Place of Publication Delhi, India
Keyword(s) Middle East
politics
political Islam
Shia politics
Summary This chapter aims to assess the genuine engagement of Sistani and Sadr with democratic principles and the ways they have negotiated these alongside their Shia religiosity. Building on earlier work by the author, this paper aims to address this lacuna by closely examining Iraqi democracy.18 It also seeks to examine the consequences that the actions of Sistani and Sadr have had for the wider political situation across the nation, especially in the wake of the current political impasse that has emerged in Iraq since the March 2010 elections. In order to achieve these goals, this paper will examine in detail the political rhetoric, campaigns, media, religious edicts and political jockeying of these two critical Shia religio-political figures. It seeks to address whether such moves are indicative of a genuine shift towards democracy or a cynical use of majoritarianism to seize power; are they despots or democrats?
ISBN 9788182205482
Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
220403 Islamic Studies
160602 Citizenship
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Global Vision publishing house
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