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

    True
  • 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.

    False
  • 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.

    True
  • 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.

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

    All the answers
  • 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.

    True
  • Remember the diversities in the population

    -ethnic
    -linguistic
    -economic
    -cultural
  • 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

    Afghanistan

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