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Beyond Sacred and SecularPolitics of Religion in Israel and Turkey$
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Sultan Tepe

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758642

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758642.001.0001

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Representing the Sacred in Mundane Politics

Representing the Sacred in Mundane Politics

The Ideologies and Leaders of Mafdal and Shas

(p.103) Chapter Three Representing the Sacred in Mundane Politics
Beyond Sacred and Secular
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This chapter explores the ideologies of Mafdal and Shas, the leading religious political parties in Israel. It examines how religious parties engage in democratic and anti-democratic ideas, and suggests that the contribution of religious parties to their particular democratic systems is not a question of whether their respective doctrines are democratic or antidemocratic. The chapter also explains that like religious parties which establish themselves as pivotal actors, Mafdal and Shas actually deal with the secular world and face the question of how to incorporate the problems and issues posed by different groups into their ideologies.

Keywords:   Mafdal, Shas, religious political party, Israel, democratic systems, religious doctrines, ideologies

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