Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam

Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam

by Richard Martin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804768862

ISBN-13: 9780804768863

Pub. Date: 11/23/2009

Publisher: Stanford University Press

As America struggles to understand Islam and Muslims on the world stage, one concept in particular dominates public discourse: Islamism. References to Islamism and Islamists abound in the media, in think tanks, and in the general study of Islam, but opinions vary on the differences of degree and kind among those labeled Islamists. This book debates what

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As America struggles to understand Islam and Muslims on the world stage, one concept in particular dominates public discourse: Islamism. References to Islamism and Islamists abound in the media, in think tanks, and in the general study of Islam, but opinions vary on the differences of degree and kind among those labeled Islamists. This book debates what exactly is said when we use this contentious term in discussing Muslim religion, tradition, and social conflict.

Two lead essays offer differing viewpoints: Donald K. Emmerson argues that Islamism is a useful term for a range of Muslim reform movements—very few of which advocate violence—while Daniel M. Varisco counters that the public specter of violence and terrorism by Islamists too often infects the public perceptions of Islam more generally. Twelve commentaries, written by Muslim and non-Muslim intellectuals, enrich the debate with differing insights and perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804768863
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/23/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
979,489
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................vii
Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction: The Debate About Islamism in the Public Sphere Richard C. Martin and Abbas Barzegar....................1
Inclusive Islamism: The Utility of Diversity Donald K. Emmerson....................17
Inventing Islamism: The Violence of Rhetoric Daniel M. Varisco....................33
The Spectrum of Islamic Politics Graham E. Fuller....................51
Terminological Problems for Muslim Lives Amir Hussain....................57
Islamism: Whose Debate Is It? Hassan Hanafi....................63
Between Etymology and Realpolitik Nadia Yassine....................67
Academic Word Games Hillel Fradkin....................74
Islamism: ism or wasm? Ziba Mir-Hosseini and Richard Tapper....................81
Rejecting Islamism and the Need for Concepts from Within the Islamic Tradition Syed Farid Alatas....................87
Islam at Risk: The Discourse on Islam and Violence Bruce Lawrence....................93
Naming Terror Anouar Majid....................99
Political Islam, Liberalism, and the Diagnosis of a Problem M. Zuhdi Jasser....................104
Ideology, Not Religion Angel Rabasa....................110
Why Islamism Should Be Renamed Feisal Abdul Rauf....................116
Mitigating Misrepresentation Daniel M. Varisco....................125
Broadening Representation Donald K. Emmerson....................133
Notes....................149
Suggestions for Further Reading....................179
Contributors....................183

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