Middle East Today

The Politics of Islamism

Diverging Visions and Trajectories

Editors: Esposito, John L., Rahim, Lily Zubaidah, Ghobadzadeh, Naser (Eds.)

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  • Sheds new conceptual and empirical light on why some Islamists have been able to nimbly traverse political challenges while others have failed
  • Elucidates the evolving theological and socio-political perspectives of Muslim-based political parties and ‘progressive’ intellectuals
  • Investigates the approaches that political parties and movements employ to navigate and negotiate coalition politics, citizenship rights and economic and social justice through several case studies of Muslim countries
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This book offers a nuanced and muti-layered approach towards comprehending the possibilities of democratization or likelihood of authoritarian resilience in the Muslim world. The volume highlights the complex diversity within Islamist movements and parties— characterised by internal tensions, struggles and contestations. The very existence of this diversity within and among Islamist movements, and their general willingness to partake in mainstream politics, signals an important transformation in the Muslim world over recent decades. It demonstrates that the Muslim world has gravitated from the simplistic focus on the compatibility or incompatibility of Islam and democracy. Islamist movements and parties embody the multiple manifestations and trajectories within political Islam. The granular case-studies and theological analyses in this volume draw attention to the policy refinements, socio-political reforms and ideological transformations engendered by Muslim intellectuals and Islamist movements and ideologues. The diverse political landscape in the Muslim world is inextricably linked to the socio-political and theological shifts within Islamism—in particular, the yearning for greater social, economic and political justice, a yearning that lies at the core of an inclusive wasatiyyah Islam.

About the authors

John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, USA.

Lily Zubaidah Rahim is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Naser Ghobadzadeh is Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Justice at the Australian Catholic University in Sidney, Australia.

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“The Politics of Islamism is a very insightful scholarly compilation. It cogently and objectively unpacks the complexity surrounding politics of Islam, and informs analytically the reader of the deployment of the religion as an ideology of political and social change at different levels. It is a major contribution to the field and deserves to be read widely.” (Amin Saikal, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies, Australian National University)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Theological Contestations and Political Coalition-Building

    Esposito, John L. (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Islam and Democracy: Perspectives from Reformist and Traditional Islam

    Kadivar, Mohsen

    Pages 23-45

  • Democratisation of Islamic Political Theology

    Ghobadzadeh, Naser

    Pages 47-85

  • Tunisia’s Ennahda: Islamists Turning the Learning Curve of Democracy and Civic Habituation

    Sadiki, Larbi

    Pages 87-125

  • From Moderation to De-moderation: Democratic Backsliding of the AKP in Turkey

    Çınar, Menderes

    Pages 127-157

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Islamism
Book Subtitle
Diverging Visions and Trajectories
Editors
  • John L. Esposito
  • Lily Zubaidah Rahim
  • Naser Ghobadzadeh
Series Title
Middle East Today
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62256-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62256-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62255-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87272-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 292
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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