The Receding Shadow of the Prophet: The Rise and Fall of Radical Political Islam

The Receding Shadow of the Prophet: The Rise and Fall of Radical Political Islam

by Ray Takeyh, Nikolas K. Gvosdev
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0275976297

ISBN-13: 9780275976293

Pub. Date: 06/30/2004

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Argues that political Islam is effective as a means of opposition but fails as a system of governance.

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Argues that political Islam is effective as a means of opposition but fails as a system of governance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275976293
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductonxi
Chapter 1The Islamist Challenge1
Islamism versus Muslim Politics2
The Islamist Outlook8
Attractions and Pitfalls of Islamism14
Chapter 2Iran: The Islamist State and the Reformist Agenda23
Revolution and Reform24
Reform's Real Track Record29
A Civil War in the Right32
The New Iran?36
Chapter 3Islamism in Algeria: A History of Hope and Agony39
The Growing Political and Social Gaps39
The Evolution of Political Islam in Algeria42
The Rise and Fall of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS)44
Whither Algeria?51
Chapter 4Egypt: The Struggle for a Nation's Soul59
Nasser and the Muslim Brotherhood60
Killing Pharaoh61
The Egyptian Stalemate68
Islamism and Moderation in Egypt71
Chapter 5Islamism in the Former Yugoslavia77
Islam and Nationality in Yugoslavia: A General Overview78
Muslims, Islam, and the War in Bosnia, 1990-200284
Albanians, Islam, and Kosovo, 1974-199994
Did the Balkans Become an Islamist Beachhead? Concluding Thoughts96
Chapter 6From the Red Star to the Green Crescent? Islamism in the Former Soviet Union105
The Shadow of the Crescent? Assumptions about Islam in the Soviet Union106
Islam, Gorbachev, and the Breakup of the USSR114
Post-Soviet Islam: General Observations119
State Islam and the Eurasian Consensus122
Islamists Ascendant? The Case of Tajikistan126
Islamists Ascendant? The Case of Chechnya131
The Islamist Threat in Eurasia: A Realistic Assessment135
Chapter 7Some Thoughts on Islamist Failures in Sudan and Afghanistan147
Sudan: Trajectory of Failure148
Afghanistan: An Islamist Cambodia?152
Conclusion157
Selected Bibliography169
Index183

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