Socioeconomic Rights: A Dialogue with Islam

Digest of Middle East Studies, Vol. 22, No. 2: pp. 348–360, 2013

Posted: 30 Dec 2017

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

There are some who believe that there will be an inevitable “clash of civilizations” between the Muslim world and the West. By contrast, this article contends that there are many opportunities for constructive dialogue between the two that can bridge the cultural divide. Specifically, the article proposes a cross-cultural dialogue on social justice as a promising starting point for productive intercultural engagement. The article discusses the rich tradition of social justice in the Muslim world, and the ways in which these Islamic tenets are implemented by a range of Islamist political parties, including Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), Morocco’s Justice and Development Party (PJD), and Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement. Given the West’s relative dearth of mainstream social justice parties, the article proposes that, on this count, it has much to learn from the Muslim world.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, Socioeconomic Rights: A Dialogue with Islam (2013). Digest of Middle East Studies, Vol. 22, No. 2: pp. 348–360, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3088778

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