Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im’s expressed goal in Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari’a is to convince Muslims on religious grounds that, in order for Islam to flourish, they need to establish secular states based on the protection of human rights. I would say in response that convincing Muslims of this would inflect Islamic politics progressively in a world where most of the forces that shape Islamic politics are not indigenously Islamic. [...]Read the rest of Islamic politics and human rights.
David Ludden is Professor of Political Economy and Globalization and Chair of the Department of History at New York University. His research concentrates on South Asia and on histories of development in very long-term perspective. He has edited four volumes of collected essays and written three monographs and over 50 articles and chapters. He is currently writing a book on the reproduction and transformation of imperial forms of power, authority, and inequality under contemporary globalization.