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Islam and the Challenge of Democracy

A forum with Khaled Abou El Fadl, William Quandt, Muqtedar Khan, Jeremy Waldron, Saba Mahmood, and others. Tom Bissell on the short stories of Elizabeth Crane and Marshall Boswell. Owen R. Cote, Jr. examines a security strategy doomed to failure. George Scialabba on the real problem behind the 2000 election, and more.

 

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Islam and the Challenge of Democracy

CAN INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY TAKE ROOT IN FAITH?

KHALED ABOU EL FADL

WITH RESPONSES BY JOHN L. ESPOSITO, NADER A. HASHEMI, NOAH FELDMAN, JEREMY WALDRON, M.A. MUQTEDAR KHAN, A. KEVIN REINHART, SABA MAHMOOD, MOHAMMAD H. FADEL, BERNARD HAYKEL, WILLIAM B. QUANDT. KHALED ABOU EL FADL REPLIES.


Essays
A security strategy doomed to failure
Owen R. Cote, Jr.
The real problem behind the 2000 election
George Scialabba
Ten weeks with the East Harlem Poetry Project
Maureen N. McLane
Fiction
A. L. Kennedy
New Fiction Forum
Elizabeth Crane’s When the Messenger Is Hot and Marshall Boswell’s Trouble with Girls
Tom Bissell
Jean-Patrick Manchette’s Three to Kill and The Prone Gunman
Jennifer Howard
On writing Duke of Egypt
Margriet de Moor
Reviews
A roundup of first and second books
Stephen Burt
Tom Paulin’s The Invasion Handbook
Benjamin Paloff
Garrett Kalleberg’s Some Mantic Daemons and Psychological Corporations
Fred Muratori
Poetry
Calvin Bedient
Mark Bibbins
Margaret Funkhouser
Claire Hero
Joan Houlihan
Joanna Klink
Peter Jay Shippy
Liz Waldner
Ken White
Introduced by D. A. Powell
Andrew Zawacki
On Film
Scott Rudin’s The Hours
Alan A. Stone

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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