Charles Kurzman

Charles Kurzman is professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Democracy Denied, 1905–1915 (2008) and the editor of Liberal Islam (1998) and Modernist Islam, 1840–1940 (2002).

April 2010, Volume 21, Issue 2

Do Muslims Vote Islamic?

Those who warn against efforts to promote free elections in Muslim-majority countries often point to the threat posed by Islamic parties that stand ready to use democracy against itself. But what does the record really show regarding the ability of Islamic parties to win over Muslim voters?