Islamic Activism: A Social Movement Theory Approach [NOOK Book]

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"... [Will] have an impact on two important fields of scholarship:
social movement theory and the study of Islamic activist movements." -- John
Voll, Georgetown University

This volume represents the first
comprehensive attempt to incorporate the study of Islamic activism ...

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Overview

"... [Will] have an impact on two important fields of scholarship:
social movement theory and the study of Islamic activist movements." -- John
Voll, Georgetown University

This volume represents the first
comprehensive attempt to incorporate the study of Islamic activism into social
movement theory. It argues that the dynamics, processes, and organization of Islamic
activism can be understood as important elements of contention that transcend the
specificity of "Islam" as a system of meaning and identity and a basis for
collective action. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, the contributors show how social
movement theory can be utilized to address a wide range of questions about the
mobilization of contention in support of Muslim causes. The book covers myriad
examples of Islamic activism (Sunni and Shi'a) in eight countries (Arab and
non-Arab), including case studies of violence and contention, networks and
alliances, and culture and framing.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
"The book's brilliant thesis is that the Western authors need a social movement theory-paradigm to reveal the dynamics of the ongoing political and cultural movements in the Muslim world.... the book is a very good contribution to Islamism." —M. A. Khan, Emory University, Choice, July 2004

— M. A. Khan, Emory University

Choice - M. A. Khan
"The book's brilliant thesis is that the Western authors need a social movement theory-paradigm to reveal the dynamics of the ongoing political and cultural movements in the Muslim world.... the book is a very good contribution to Islamism." —M. A. Khan, Emory University, Choice, July 2004
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.".". [Will] have an impact on two important fields of scholarship: social movement theory and the study of Islamic activist movements."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253110763
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/3/2003
  • Series: Indiana Series in Middle East Studies
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,189,431
  • File size: 617 KB

Meet the Author

Quintan Wiktorowicz is Assistant Professor of International Studies at
Rhodes College and author of Global Jihad: Understanding September 11.


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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Foreword Charles Tilly

Introduction: Islamic Activism and Social Movement Theory Quintan Wiktorowicz

Part I. Violence and Contention

1. From Marginalization to Massacres: A Political Process Explanation of GIA Violence in Algeria Mohammed M. Hafez

2. Violence as Contention in the Egyptian Islamic Movement Mohammed M. Hafez and Quintan Wiktorowicz

3. Repertoires of Contention in Contemporary Bahrain Fred H. Lawson

4. Hamas as Social Movement Glenn E. Robinson

Part II. Networks and Alliances

5. The Networked World of Islamist Social Movements Diane Singerman

6. Islamist Women in Yemen: Informal Nodes of Activism Janine A. Clark

7. Collective Action with and without Islam: Mobilizing the Bazaar in Iran Benjamin Smith

8. The Islah Party in Yemen: Political Opportunities and Coalition Building in a Transitional Polity Jillian Schwedler

Part III. Culture and Frames

9. Interests, Ideas, and Islamist Outreach in Egypt Carrie Rosevsky Wickham

10. Making Conversation Permissible: Islamism and Reform in Saudi Arabia Gwenn Okruhlik

11. Opportunity Spaces, Identity, and Islamic Meaning in Turkey M. Hakan Yavuz

Conclusion: Social Movement Theory and Islamic Studies Charles Kurzman

Contributors

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