Modern Islamist Movements: History, Religion, and Politics / Edition 1

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  • A clear and accessible text that examines the history, beliefs and rationale for violence within Islamic fundamentalism
  • Pays particular attention to the formative relationship between the Bin Ladenists, Islamic fundamentalists, and Islamic intellectual trends beginning in the late eighteenth century
  • Examines the grievances against the west, beginning with the crusades and continuing into the modern age
  • Discusses the historic development of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt, the West Bank and Gaza, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
  • Elucidates classic Islamic understandings of jihad and explains bin Laden's interpretations of this concept
  • Appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as interested general readers.

Islam and the West provides a clear and accessible examination of the history, beliefs and rationale of Islamic fundamentalism and its grievances with the West.

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"A lucidly written and comparative portrayal of radical Islamist movements and doctrines in the Middle East and South Asia. Armajani offers an especially compelling portrayal of the emergence of al-Qa'ida and the Taliban."
Juan E. Campo, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Rich and thorough Armajani explores the historical, intellectual and political contexts crucial to understanding contemporary Islamist political ideologies. Its comparative framework and comprehensive treatment recommends it as a valuable classroom resource."
Monica M. Ringer, Amherst College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405117418
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/22/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Armajani is associate Professor of Religious Studies at St Mary's College of Maryland. He has published various articles on Islamic fundamentalism in both religious studies and Middle Eastern Studies journals, and has been a major contributor to the Encyclopedia of Religion and American Cultures.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps viii

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction 1

2 Egypt 37

3 The West Bank, Gaza, and Israel 85

4 Saudi Arabia 122

5 Pakistan 164

6 Afghanistan 188

7 Conclusion 218

Index 221

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