Summary: Contested Universalities Of International Law. Islam's Struggle With Modernity

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  • 1 Artikel van Ebrahim Afsah

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  • 1.1 Welcome and introduction

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  • Legal norms contained in dogmatic texts, be they religious or constitutional in nature, often diverge substantially from the observed social reality

  • There is only one state model and the administrative capabilities of all states, that is their ability to deliver services, establish order, and carry out executive decisions, are very similar.

  • States that are unable to deliver adequate services to their citizens will have to deal with the effects of popular dissatisfaction that can take many forms including violent arrests.

  • Rather than looking at many different variables, individuals and groups can best be understood by focussing on a very small set of essential characteristics that determine how they think, feel and act.

  • According to the instructor, essentialism should be avoided, because it is: empirical not sustainable (duurzaam); analytically not helpful; normatively not defensible.

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  • 1.2 Presenting the region

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  • Characteristics of the Golden Age of Islam?

    -great tolerance
    -great administrative efficiency
  • Islamic political thought has been struggling with developing a realistic theory of government that takes account of the division of spiritual and political authority.

  • Remember the diversities in the population

  • Which factor contributed to the rapid (military) expansion of Muslim rule?

    Accommodation of domestic customs
  • Which country has relatively weak government tradition: Egypt - Afghanistan - Turkey


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