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Rethinking Political Islam

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Author: Hamid, ShadiBrand: Oxford University Press, USAFeatures: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS ACADEMBinding: PaperbackNumber Of Pages: 400Release Date: 14-08-2017Details: Product Description For years, scholars hypothesized about what Islamists might do if they ever came to power. Now, they have answers: confusing ones. In the Levant, ISIS established a government by brute force,...

Author: Hamid, Shadi

Brand: Oxford University Press, USA

Features:

  • OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS ACADEM

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 400

Release Date: 14-08-2017

Details: Product Description For years, scholars hypothesized about what Islamists might do if they ever came to power. Now, they have answers: confusing ones. In the Levant, ISIS established a government by brute force, implementing an extreme interpretation of Islamic law. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Tunisia's Ennahda Party governed in coalition with two secular parties, ratified a liberal constitution, and voluntarily stepped down from power. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's oldest Islamist movement, won power through free elections only to be ousted by a military coup. The strikingly disparate results of Islamist movements have challenged conventional wisdom on political Islam, forcing experts and Islamists to rethink some of their most basic assumptions. In Rethinking Political Islam, two of the leading scholars on Islamism, Shadi Hamid and William McCants, have gathered a group of leading specialists in the field to explain how an array of Islamist movements across the Middle East and Asia have responded. Unlike ISIS and other jihadist groups that garner the most media attention, these movements have largely opted for gradual change. Their choices, however, have been reshaped by the revolutionary politics of the region. The groups depicted in the volume capture the contradictions, successes, and failures of Islamism, providing a fascinating window into a rapidly changing Middle East. It is the first book to systematically assess the evolution of mainstream Islamist groups since the Arab uprisings and the rise of ISIS, covering 12 country cases. In each instance, contributors address key questions, including: gradual versus revolutionary approaches to change; the use of tactical or situational violence; attitudes toward the nation-state; and how ideology, religion, and political variables interact. For the first time in book form, readers will also hear directly from Islamist activists and leaders themselves, as they offer their own perspectives on the future of their movements. Islamists will have the opportunity to challenge the assumptions and arguments of some of the leading scholars of Islamism, in the spirit of constructive dialogue. Rethinking Political Islam includes three of the most important country cases outside the Middle East-Indonesia, Malaysia, and Pakistan-allowing readers to consider a greater diversity of Islamist experiences. The book's contributors have immersed themselves in the world of political Islam and conducted original research in the field, resulting in rich accounts of what animates Islamist behavior. Review This collection is a remarkable and probably unique overview, historically grounded but also looking towards the future of the conflict-torn Middle East. We are shown how the balance between religious, political and welfarist motivations for Islamist movements has been highly variable, but some recognition is allowed here, which many other commentaries withhold, of the long-standing element of ethics and public service. ― Jonathan Benthall, Times Literary Supplement The contributors look at expressions of political Islam in 12 Middle Eastern countries with a view to highlighting the wide range of approaches adopted by Islamist actors, and the widely differing outcomes these approaches have produced. Space is given to the views of Islamist activists and leaders themselves. ― Survival: Global Politics and Strategy Vol.60.2 Rethinking Political Islam is admirable and inspiring, and undoubtedly a substantive contribution to the literature. It significantly adds to our grasp of the post-Arab Spring politics of Islamism in the wider Islamic world. ― Mahmoud Pargoo, Reading Religion About the Author Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and author of Temptions of Power. William McCants is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and author of The ISIS Apocalypse.

Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches

Languages: English

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