Ahmet T. Kuru
Ahmet T. Kuru is professor of political science at San Diego State University. He is the author of Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison and Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey.
Books by Ahmet T. Kuru
Interviews with Ahmet T. Kuru
Islam and the Foundations of Political Power
by Ali Abdel Razek
by Ibn Khaldun
The Venture of Islam, Volume 3: The Gunpowder Empires and Modern Times
by Marshall Hodgson
Civil Islam: Muslims and Democratization in Indonesia
by Robert W. Hefner
Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany
by J. Christopher Soper & Joel S. Fetzer
It’s widely assumed that in the ideal Muslim society there is no separation between religion and the state, but even in some of the earliest caliphates, the secular and the religious were rarely as closely aligned as religious conservatives would have us believe. Here Ahmet T. Kuru, Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University, recommends books that help trace the historical relationship between Islam and the state—and points to strands of secularism that may hold the key to a happier relationship between Islam and liberal democracy.