Islamism and liberalism
On March, 15th, 2012, Kirill Zhirkov gave a talk on ideological attitudes, connected with the Islamic belief.
The author relies on works of well-known political philosophers and suggests his own explanation of tense relations between the Islamic world and the West.
Theoretical substantiation of the research project was presented in the report. According to author's hypothesis, complexities in the relations between Islamic and Western world consist in the conflict between liberal ideological paradigm, which dominates in the West, and Islamic ideology, which is based on Islamic political tradition.
Such significant philosophers of the present as Samuel Hantington and Francis Fukuyama were mentioned in the report. The research is based on the WVS database and the next step is to find variables, that characterize ideological attitudes and distinguish "islamists" and "liberalists" with the use of cluster analysis. The author also formulates hypotheses of the research on this stage of study.
Thus most of the colleagues are interested in the questions of Islamism, the theme was discussed actively after the report. The basic theoretical categories and countries, which are necessary to consider in the forthcoming research are taken over.
By Elena Mostovova