Political Islam, to be distinguished from Islam as a culture or a religion, and from Islamic Fundamentalism, is an increasingly important feature of the western political scene. The ideologies of Political Islam reflect the fact that some of their adherents live and work within a Western socio-political context.
With a range of outstanding contributors that includes academics and human rights advocates this book tackles the diversity of Islamist thinking and practice in various Western countries and explores their transnational connections in both East and West.
The book analyses developments in Islamist thinking and activities, and their connections to the latest global political and economic trends, and discusses future evolutions of the ideology and its manifestations.
Azza Karam serves as the senior advisor on culture at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She is the author of Transnational Political Islam (Pluto Press, 2004) and Islamisms, Women and the State (Palgrave Macmillan, 1998).
Acknowledgements Foreword by John Esposito 1. Transnational Political Islam: An Introduction by Azza Karam, World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP), USA. 2. Restructuring Political Islam: Transnational Belonging and Muslims in France and Germany by Valerie Amiraux, Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Centre Universitaire de Recherche Administrative et Politique de Picardie (CURAPP), France. 3. Political Islam in Sweden: Integration and Deterrence by Jan Hjarpe, University of Lund, Sweden. 4. Islam in the Netherlands: Traveling Under the Shadow of the World Trade Center by Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of Urbana Champaign, USA. 5. Cognac, Cigarettes and Terrorist Cells in Albania by Fred Abrahams, Human Rights Watch, USA. 6. Exploring Theoretical and Programmatic Changes in Contemporary Islamist Discourse: Al-Manar Al-Jadid in Egypt by Amr Hamzawy, Free University of Berlin, Germany. About the Contributors Index