Islamic Fundamentalism: Myths and Realities

Islamic Fundamentalism: Myths and Realities

By: Ahmad S. Moussalli (editor)Hardback

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After the resurgence of Islamic activism in recent decades , Islamic fundamentalist groups today seem set to maintain their dominant position across a range of Middle and Near Eastern regimes. In this book, a range of leading Middle East academics come together to challenge and correct theoretical and pratical misconceptions about Islamic movements. The result is a volume which questions the process of abstraction - which leads to the creation of the myth of extremism - and offers an account of Islamic fundamentalist thought and movements that places them within their international, regional and local context. In Part I the contributors examine the theoretical, philosophical and political foundations of fundamentalist discourses and the construction of fundamentalist ideologies; in additon they investigate the tools used to study Islamic movements. Part II provides detailed case studies of developments in Algeria, Lebanon, the Occupied Territories, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. These in-depth chapters analyse the causes of the fundamentalist movements' successes and failures.

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Dr Ahmad S. Moussalli is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the American University of Beirut and Visiting Professor to the Carsten Niebuhr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. His previous publications include Radical Islamic Fundamentalism: The Ideological and Political Discourse of Sayyid Qutb.


PART I: THEORETICAL STUDIES: Introduction to Islamic Fundamentalism: Realities, Ideologies and International Politics (Ahmad S. Moussalli); New New Orientalism: Political Islam and Social Movement Theory (Kristin E. Wolff); Discursive Contentions in Islamic Terms: Fundamentalism versus Liberalism? (Armando Salvatore); Islamiyya and the Construction of the Human Being (Ronald A. T. Judy); PART II: CASE STUDIES: State, Civil Society and the Question of Radical Fundamentalism in Algeria (Yahia H. Zoubir); Islamists under Liberalization in Jordan (Glenn E. Robinson); Islamism and Civil Society in the Gaza Strip (Michael Irving Jensen); The Development Programmes of Islamic Fundamentalist Groups in Lebanon as a Source of Popular Legitimation (Hilal Khashan); The Future of Islamic Movements in Lebanon (A. Nizar Hamzeh); The Islamic-Capitalist State of Saudi Arabia: The Surfacing of Fundamentalism (Michel G. Nehme); Causes for Fundamentalist Popularity in Egypt (Mirna Hammoud)

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/04/1998
  • ISBN13: 9780863722325
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 354
  • ID: 9780863722325
  • weight: 1066
  • ISBN10: 0863722326

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