Democracies with Large Muslim Populations: Reflections on Indonesia, Senegal, Tunisia, and India
Many commentators highlight Islamic political, and above all, democratic disasters. In contrast, democratic successes in such Islamic-majority countries as Indonesia, Senegal, and Tunisia have been under-documented and under-theorized. India, with its huge Muslim population, could also be included in the "success" category. In a moment of growing despair and religious conflict, this lecture will be an attempt to expand our imaginations about the multiple ways democracy can be crafted, based on extensive field research and interviews in all of these countries.