This book focuses on Islamism as a political ideology by taking up the case study of Jamaat-e-Islami in contemporary India and Bangladesh. The book will address how, in a contemporary globalized world, Islamism constructs an antagonistic frontier and how it mobilizes people behind its political project. The book also deals with the Islamist critique of neoliberal economic policies and 'western cultural globalization'. The book examines the dynamics from the formation of Islamist politics for the struggle for hegemony to failure to become a hegemonic force in Bangladesh. The contradiction between Islamic universalism/Islamist populism, on one hand, and a politics of Muslim particularism in India, on the other, is revealed in this study. Finally, this book traces the contemporary crisis of Islamist populism in providing an alternative to neoliberalism.
Maidul Islam teaches in the Department of Political Science at Presidency University, Kolkata. As a Clarendon-Hector Pilling-Senior Hulme scholar at Brasenose College, he studied political theory for his doctoral studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.
1. Islamism and ideology: philosophical issues and analytical categories; 2. Islamism in neoliberal India; 3. Ideological articulations of Jamaat-e-Islam Hind; 4. Islamism in a Muslim majority context: the case of Bangladesh; 5. The crisis of Islamist population of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami; 6. Islamism in contemporary India and Bangladesh: comparative overview of the politics of alternative.