Islam and Development

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Islam and Development

Edited by John L. Esposito
Syracuse University Press, 1980
268 pp. $22.00

The Islamic resurgence which seems to be transforming the political scene in the Middle East, most spectacularly in Iran, is imperfectly understood in the West. This background book, which includes general chapters on the relation of Islam to political and economic development as well as studies on several key countries (within the Middle East and beyond), helps to knock down superficial generalizations and provide enlightenment. The world of Islam is not uniform, and so the book goes in the various directions taken, respectively, by its 13 authors.

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