OVERRIDE

After Jihad

America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy

Noah Feldman

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

What comes after jihad? Outside the headlines, believing Muslims are calling for democratic politics in their undemocratic countries. Senior American policymakers are predicting the spread of democracy throughout the Muslim world. But can Islam and democracy be combined? After Jihad proposes that Islamic democracy is indeed viable, and that the West—particularly the United States—should work to bring it about, not suppress it.

It is often said that encouraging democracy among Muslims will alienate America's autocratic Muslim allies and create a new security threat if fundamentalists are elected. But in the long term, Noah Feldman warns, the threat lies in our continuing to support regimes that have lost the confidence of their citizens. By siding with Islamic democrats rather than the regimes that repress them, he suggests, the United States can bind them to the democratic principles they say they support, reducing anti-Americanism and promoting a durable peace in the Middle East.

After Jihad is an illuminating survey of the intellectual and geopolitical terrain of the Muslim world and of the many Muslim democrats who reject religious violence. It is also an argument about American self-interest, which, Feldman proposes, should include a foreign policy consistent with the democratic values that make America what it is. At a time when the encounter with Islam has become the dominant issue in U.S. foreign policy, After Jihad offers keen solutions for how to make Democracy work in a region where it is urgently needed. This paperback edition—which includes a new preface taking account of recent events—is the best single book on the nature of Islam today and on the forms Islam is likely to take in the coming years.

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THE REVOLUTION THAT WASN’T
Can democracy be made to flourish in the lands where Islam prevails? Today this might be the single most pressing question for American foreign policy, and this book sets out to answer it. But more than a decade ago, before jihad became a household word, before the most senior voices in the U.S. government began to speculate about a democratic Iraq, democracy had a trial run in an Arab state outside the international spotlight. What happened there set the course for the U.S. policies that are now being reforged in the crucible of the war on terror. It is there
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"Noah Feldman's After Jihad is a brilliant, insightful, and timely discourse on one of the most important topics of our time: the idea and practice of democracy in the Muslim world. Feldman sets the discussion within the context of America's growing interaction with Islam. You may agree or disagree with Feldman's arguments, but you cannot ignore their relevance." --Prof. Akbar S. Ahmed, Professor of International Relations American University, and author of Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and Society

"Is Islamic democracy possible? If so, can and should America help bring it about? In this impressive debut, Noah Feldman shows with crystal clarity that the answer to both questions is yes. Rich in political history, cultural analysis, religious understanding, and comparative law, After Jihad is the first book I have read since September 11 that gives me hope that there may be light at the end of the war against terrorism." --Harold Hongju Koh, Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, 1998-2001

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Noah Feldman

  • Noah Feldman, born in 1970, teaches law at New York University. He was senior adviser for constitutional law for the Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance in the months after the U.S. war in Iraq.
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