Young Islam: The New Politics of Religion in Morocco and the Arab World (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics 63)

Young Islam: The New Politics of Religion in Morocco and the Arab World (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics 63)

By: Avi Max Spiegel (author)Hardback

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Today, two-thirds of all Arab Muslims are under the age of thirty. Young Islam takes readers inside the evolving competition for their support--a competition not simply between Islamism and the secular world, but between different and often conflicting visions of Islam itself. Drawing on extensive ethnographic research among rank-and-file activists in Morocco, Avi Spiegel shows how Islamist movements are encountering opposition from an unexpected source--each other. In vivid and compelling detail, he describes the conflicts that arise as Islamist groups vie with one another for new recruits, and the unprecedented fragmentation that occurs as members wrangle over a shared urbanized base. Looking carefully at how political Islam is lived, expressed, and understood by young people, Spiegel moves beyond the top-down focus of current research. Instead, he makes the compelling case that Islamist actors are shaped more by their relationships to each other than by their relationships to the state or even to religious ideology. By focusing not only on the texts of aging elites but also on the voices of diverse and sophisticated Muslim youths, Spiegel exposes the shifting and contested nature of Islamist movements today--movements that are being reimagined from the bottom up by young Islam. The first book to shed light on this new and uncharted era of Islamist pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa, Young Islam uncovers the rivalries that are redefining the next generation of political Islam.

About Author

Avi Max Spiegel is associate professor of political science and international relations at the University of San Diego.

Contents

A Note on Language vii A Note on Anonymity ix Introduction ISLAMIST PLURALISM 1 Part I RELATIONSHIPS 1 SHUTTLE ETHNOGRAPHY 21 2 COEVOLUTION 33 Part II IDENTITIES 3 RANK AND FILE 61 4 WHAT YOUTH WANT 87 Part III SHADOWS 5 UNHEARD VOICES OF DISSENT 115 6 REGULATING ISLAM 129 Part IV INDIVIDUALS 7 EVERY RECRUITER IS A REINTERPRETER 151 8 SUITS AND DJELLABAS 165 9 STRATEGIZING THE SACRED 177 Conclusion THE NEXT ISLAMIST GENERATION 193 Acknowledgments 199 Notes 201 Index 243

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780691159843
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780691159843
  • weight: 539
  • ISBN10: 069115984X
  • translations: English
  • language of text: English

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