The Politicisation Of Islam

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Overview

The Politicisation of Islam: A Case Study of Tunisia traces the emergence, rise, and recent eclipse of the modern Tunisian Islamic movement, al-Nahda, and provides a comprehensive analysis of its political, social, and intellectual discourse. The first two chapters concentrate on the factors behind the emergence of al-Nahda and its politicization. The three major confrontations between the movement and the Tunisian regime, which culminated in 1991 in the banning of all al-Nahda activities inside Tunisia, is explored in Chapter Three. The author discusses the basic concepts of political Islam in the movement's literature in Chapter Four, in particular the Islamists' rejection of secularism, and al-Nahda's proposal for a modern Islamic state in Chapter Five. In the concluding chapter, the author addresses the Islamists' cultural agenda and their insistence on an Islamic identity for Tunisia. A valuable contribution to the study of political Islam, this is the first complete analysis, in English, of the history of this modern Tunisian Islamic movement.
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Newspaper editor Hamdi traces the emergence, rise, and recent eclipse of the al-Nahda movement, of which he was part from 1978 to 1992, the period he most intensely discusses. He explores the factors being its creation, its three major confrontations with the Tunisian government that led to its being banned in 1991, the basic concepts of political Islam, the rejection of secularism, the movement's proposal for a modern Islamic state, and Islamists' cultural agenda and insistence of an Islamic identity for Tunisia. Much of the material, as well as the perspective, is not available elsewhere in English. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813338880
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Mohamed E. Hamdi is the editor in chief of The Diplomat, an English-Arabic magazine for the dialogue of cultures and civilizations, and the editor in chief of Al-Mustakillah, a Pan-Arab weekly newspaper.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
System of Translation and Transliteration
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Emergence of the Tunisian Islamic Movement 7
2 The Politicisation Process 25
3 Islamists v. Bourguiba 1981-1987 41
4 Islamists v. Ben Ali 1987-1993 61
5 The Basis for a "Political" Islam 75
6 The Islamists' Islamic State 101
7 Issues of Identity and Westernisation 135
Conclusion 163
Appendixes 175
Bibliography 191
Index 197
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