Sami Zubaida


Sami Zubaida, a contributing editor of this magazine, is author of Law and Power in the Islamic World (I. B. Tauris, 2003).

Articles by this Author
Communalism and Thwarted Aspirations of Iraqi Citizenship

Many commentators on the state of Iraq after the removal of the Baathist regime in 2003 have attributed the chaos and sectarian-ethnic conflict to some essence of Iraqi society: fissiparous and tribal, only governable by the firm hand of...

Islam and the Politics of Community and Citizenship

The Missing Middle Class

By giving up his bid to retain his job, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari of Iraq raised hopes on Thursday of a way out of the political impasse that had prevented the formation of a new government. But the premise that this political process...

Turkish Islam and National Identity

Turkish Islam is tied up with Turkish nationalism in a unique fashion, the product of Turkish history and identity. Turkey’s brand of Islamist ideology challenges the secularist components and the European identification of Kemalism,...

Islam, the State and Democracy

Binder, Islamic Liberalism

Leonard Binder, Islamic Liberalism: A Critique of Development Ideologies (Chicago, 1988).

Report from Paris: The Kurdish Conference

“There’s not much talk about the Kurds because we have never taken any hostages, never hijacked a plane. But I am proud of this.” So wrote Abd al-Rahman Qassemlou, the Iranian Kurdish leader who was assassinated in Vienna last...

Reading History Backwards

Edmund Burke III and Ira Lapidus, eds., Islam, Politics and Social Movements (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1988).

Shireen T. Hunter, ed., The Politics of Islamic Revivalism: Diversity and Unity (...

An Islamic State?

How applicable are the classic concepts of “state” and “politics” to the world of Islam? The current prominence of Islamic politics and the establishment of an Islamic Republic in Iran poses this question anew.