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Polycentricity, Islam, and Development


My new book, Polycentricity, Islam, and Development: Potentials and Challenges in Pakistan, is now out. See the attached flyer for details, including a 30% discount offer from the publisher. Malik flyer Polycentricity Islam and Development. Here’s the official blurb:

Political economist Anas Malik argues that well-functioning polycentricity in developing countries depends in part on the shared understandings between official government entities and unofficial units that provide collective choice in particular arenas. In Muslim-majority contexts, the Islamic tradition—contrary to the image of a top-down, single-voiced religious law—provides ample resources supporting shared understandings that accommodate diverse rules and collective choice units. Pakistan, the largest Muslim-majority country at its founding, provides an important case. After building on the development literature to suggest a typology of collective choice units in developing countries, Malik explores resources in the Islamic tradition that support polycentric governance. He then examines major deliberations in Pakistan’s history, particularly through documented inquiries into serious political crises, such as sectarian religious agitation and civil war, and through a selective survey of types of jurisdictions and collective choice units. Malik argues that Pakistan’s history contains significant but heavily contested polycentric understandings, and countering forces constrain the potential for polycentric order.