Political Islam: A Reader

Political Islam: A Reader

By: Joe Stork (editor), Joel Beinin (editor)Hardback

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Modern political movements proclaiming missions and legitimacy based on religious tradition are a feature of many late 20th-century societies. Although such movements are not exclusive to the Middle East, political Islam has achieved high visibility because of the serious challenge to established power it has posed in a region central to the West's strategic interests. This reader brings together both original articles and writing on political Islam published over the last decade in "Middle East Report". It challenges generalizations about what the Western media and political establishments usually call "Islamic fundamentalism" and demonstrates the complexity of these movements. It also covers themes such as civil society, the state and political economy, gender relations and popular culture.


Introduction - on the modernity, historical specificity, and international context of political Islam, Joel Beinin and Joe Stork. Part one Islam, democracy, and civil society: introduction to part one, Sheila Carapico; the New Orientalism and the democracy debate, Yahya Sadowski; religion, the state, and democracy - contrasting conceptions of society in Egypt, Sami Zubaida; gender and civil society, Suad Joseph; Islamist notions of democracy, Gudrun Kramer; secularism, integralism, and political Islam - the Egyptian debate, Alexander Flores. Part two The contest for the state and the political economy: introduction to part two, Robert Vitalis; is Iran an Islamic state? Sami Zubaida; Islamic mobilization and political change - the Islamist trend in Egypt's professional associations, Carrie Rosefsky Wickham; Hizb Allah and the Lebanese State, Assaf Kfoury; the resurgence of Islam and the Welfare Party in Turkey, Ronnie Margulies and Ergin Yildizoglu; is there an Islamic economics? Karen Pfeifer; funding fundamentalism - the political economy of an Islamist state, Khalid Medani. Part three Political Islam and gender relations: introduction to part 3, Barbara Harlow; women, Islam, and the state, Deniz Hammami; from immodesty to collaboration - Hamas, the Women's Movement, and national identity in the Intifada, Rema Hammami; "Hassiba Ben Bouali, if you could see our Algeria" - women and public space in Algeria, Susan Slyomovics; devices and desires - population policy and gender roles in the Islamic Republic, Homa Hoodfar; the women of Sudan's National Islamic Front, Sondra Hale. Part four The struggle over popular culture: introduction to part four, Timothy Mitchell; Rai, rap, and Ramadan nights - Franco-Maghribi cultural identities, Joan Gross, David McMurray, and Ted Swedenburg; dramatic reversals - political Islam and Egyptian television, Lila Abu-Lughod; taking up space in Tlemcen - the Islamic occupation of urban Algeria, Rabia Bekkar; genesis of a mobilization - the young activists of Algeria's Islamic Salvation Front, Meriem Verges. Part five Movements and personalities: introduction to part five, Joost Hiltermann; what does Gama'a Islamiyya want? Tal'at Fu'ad Qasim; "silencing is at the heart of my case, Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd; the Islamist Movement and the Palestinian authority, Bassam Jarrar; what kind of nation? - the rise of Hamas in the occupied territories, Graham Usher; roots of the Shi'i Movement in Lebanon, Salim Nasr; "how can a Muslim live in this era?", Shaikh Hamid al-Nayfar.

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  • ISBN13: 9781860641343
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781860641343
  • ISBN10: 1860641342

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