The Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism

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Overview

Antoine Sfeir's Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism is a major resource. Translated for the first time from the original French, this volume features more than two thousand entries on the history of Islamism and Islamic countries. It provides a balanced account of events and organizations, as well as philosophers, activists, militants, and other prominent figures, and offers a window into a movement that has irrevocably changed both Muslim and Western societies.

The dictionary includes entries on the roots of Islamism and jihad in Africa, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, the Balkans, and the United States, among many other countries and locations. It profiles such key individuals as Louis Farrakhan; Tariq Ramadan; Abu Hamza Al-Masri; Algeria's Hassan Hattab, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood; Egypt's Hassan Al-Banna; and the leader of the Afghan Jombesh-i Melli Islami movement, Abdul Rashid Dostum; historical events such as the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole and Syria's Hama massacre; organizations and religious movements such as the Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas, Morocco's Justice and Development Party, and Iran's Association for the Defense of the Values of the Islamic Revolution; and groups including Tablighi Jamaat (the Society of the Message), the World Association for Muslim Youth, and Lebanon's Al-Ahbash.

A unique aspect of this dictionary is its examination of this antimodern incarnation of Islam and its efforts to claim (or reclaim) Muslim society, families, and professional environments. The volume considers such questions as whether activist Islam is "terrorist" and if it can coexist with Western societies; whether terrorism can be justified by the Quran; and what are the components of an international Islam. Antoine Sfeir, internationally renowned for his scholarship and expertise on this subject, remains sensitive to the differences between Islam and Islamism and approaches the ideology from geopolitical, sociological, and historical standpoints.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Originally published in French as Dictionnaire mondial de l'islamisme, this dictionary is a unique presentation of the tenets, movements, people, places, and history of modern Islamism (not to be confused with Islamic terrorism). Editor of the renowned Arabic and Islamic studies journal Cahiers de l'Orient, Sfeir and his team of Cahiers writers have produced a volume that explains the rise of Islamism and its effects on both Muslim and Western societies. Admirable in both its breadth and its depth, the dictionary is written clearly, and its 2000-plus entries, arranged A to Z, are even-handed and well researched. They cover critical players in the Islamism movement, including Osama bin Laden, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the various factions in many countries that contribute to the rise of Islamism throughout the world today. Also included are entries on the United States, France, Britain, and Russia, and the policies that have affected, and at times promoted, the cause of Islamism in the world. Unfortunately, the translation is rough in spots, and readers will notice typographical errors, some of which render the text nonsensical. For example, at one point it is said that Egypt seems to wish a resolution of its conflict with itself (they presumably meant Israel). Although there is an index, references and a bibliography are lacking; a glossary and cross-references would have been a useful addition.
—Amanda Sprochi

L'Humanité

[ The Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism] not only documents people, organizations, and their links throughout the world, country by country, but also answers questions surrounding September 11, 2001.... The picture drawn of Islamism is precise and comprehensively based in geopolitics.

La Tribune

An essential resource for anyone interested in this extremely relevant issue.

Le Figaro

An antidote to confusion... Antoine Sfeir emphasizes that 15 million Arabs are not all Muslims, that all Muslims are not Islamists, and that every Islamist is not a terrorist.

Le Temps

This colossal project... attempts for the first time to gather together all the people, places, and religious terms connected with the emergence of Islamism, fully linked to the latest developments, with the objective of explaining current events.

Booklist

The Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism holds the potential of educating Western readers as to the complexities of the present state of affairs.

American Reference Books Annual
Well-written, succinct, and tightly focused... an excellent dictionary.

— Muhammed Hassanali

CHOICE

There is no reference work quite like this one, with material that covers Ibn Taymiyyah to Osama bin Laden... Recommended.

L'Humanite
[ The Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism] not only documents people, organizations, and their links throughout the world, country by country, but also answers questions surrounding September 11, 2001.... The picture drawn of Islamism is precise and comprehensively based in geopolitics.
Choice
There is no reference work quite like this one, with material that covers Ibn Taymiyyah to Osama bin Laden... Recommended.
American Reference Books Annual - Muhammed Hassanali

Well-written, succinct, and tightly focused... an excellent dictionary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231146401
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/10/2007
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Antoine Sfeir is the editor in chief of Les Cahiers de l'Orient, a review of studies and reflections on the Arab and Islamic world. He is the president of CERPO, the Center for Studies and Research on the Middle East, and the author of several books, including The Networks of Allah: The Islamic Channels in France and in Europe.

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