Religion, Religiosity, and Democratic Values

A Comparative Perspective of Islamic and Non-Islamic Societies

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Does religiosity diminish democratic economic and civil tendencies? Do Islamic traditions provoke more hostility to democratic values in comparison to other religious traditions? In Religion, Religiosity, and Democratic Values, Abbas Mehregan undertakes an empirical examination of the effects of individual religiosity, historical religion, institutional democracy, and socioeconomic development on attitudes towards free market economics and confidence in traditional, modern, and post-modern civil society organizations. Using multilevel analysis, Mehregan compares 60 Islamic, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and folk-religion societies in these regards. Furthermore, in addition to an empirical comparison of Sunni and Shia Islamic countries, a theoretical investigation of the relationship between Islam and democratic economic and civil values provides a comprehensive insight into the topic.
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Biographical Note

Abbas Mehregan, Ph.D. (2013), University of Cologne (Germany), is a sociologist and Islamic scholar. He has carried out several studies in the field of sociology of religion with an emphasis on Shia Islam and Shiite clerical institution.

Review Quotes

"The book contains many other remarkable findings that make its reading worthwhile to academics, researchers, students, socio-economic and political commentators, as well as the non-academic public, who are interested in the relationship between religion, and Islam in particular, and democratic values."
Mohammad Reza Bayat, University of Tehran, Review of Religious Research 58 (2016)

Readership

Academics, researchers, students, socio-economic and political commentators, as well as the non-academic public, who are interested in the relationship between religion, and Islam in particular, and democratic values.