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Author Hamid, Shadi, 1983- author

Title Rethinking political Islam / Shadi Hamid, William McCants
Published New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2017
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Contents Egypt / by Steven Brooke -- Tunisia / by Monia Marks -- Morocco / by Avi Spiegel -- Syria / by Raphaël Lefèvre -- Yemen / by Stacey Philbrick Yadav -- Libya / by Omar Ashour -- Saudi Arabia / by Toby Matthiesen -- Kuwait / by Courtney Freer -- Jordan / by David Patel -- Pakistan / by Matthew Nelson -- Southeast Asia / by Joseph Chinyong Liow -- Islamism and U.S. foreign policy / by Peter Mandaville -- Amr Darrag, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader, in conversation with Steven Brooke -- Sayida Ounissi, Ennahda member of the Tunisian Parliament, in conversation with Monica Marks -- Ammar Fayed, Muslim Brotherhood youth activist on the state of the Brotherhood today -- "How much do organizational structures matter?" / Jacob Olidort in conversation with Raphaël Lefèvre -- "The relationship between religious literacy and religious motivation" / by Andrew Lebovich -- "Does islamism have an intellectual deficit?" / by Ovamir Anjum
Summary The "twin shocks" of the Egyptian coup and the rise of ISIS have challenged conventional wisdom on political Islam, forcing scholars and Muslim activists to reconsider some of the basic assumptions about Sunni Islamist movements. While ISIS and other jihadist groups garner the most media attention, the vast majority of Islamists are of the mainstream variety, seeking gradual change and participating in parliamentary politics when they're allowed to. It is these groups that are the focus of this book. They not only represent the future of what we call "political Islam," but they also - in their own struggles adapting to the changes of recent years - provide a fascinating window into a rapidly changing Middle East. The breadth of the book is expansive, covering the experience of Islamist groups in twelve countries: Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, and Pakistan, as well as Malaysia and Indonesia. In each of these cases, contributors consider how Muslim Brotherhood and Brotherhood-inspired Islamist movements have grappled with fundamental questions, including gradual versus revolutionary approaches to change, the use of tactical or situational violence, attitudes toward the nation-state, and how ideology and political variables interact. The case studies include authoritarian and democratic states and are not solely focused on the Arab world, allowing readers to consider a greater diversity of Islamist experiences
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Ikhwān al-Muslimūn
Ikhwān al-Muslimūn.
Islam and politics -- Middle East
Islam and politics.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- National.
Politics and government.
Islamic countries -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Middle East -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Islamic countries.
Middle East.
Form Electronic book
Author McCants, William F. (William Faizi), 1975- author
ISBN 0190649216