Revolutionaries and Reformers: Contemporary Islamist Movements in the Middle East / Edition 1

Revolutionaries and Reformers: Contemporary Islamist Movements in the Middle East / Edition 1

by Barry Rubin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791456188

ISBN-13: 9780791456187

Pub. Date: 01/01/2003

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Islamist movements seeking power today are faced with difficult choices regarding strategy, ranging from armed struggle to electoral efforts. An emerging alternative consists of a rethinking of Islamist politics, where the goal of a “totally Islamic” polity would be abandoned in favor of some form of Islamic-oriented society. In this reformulation,…  See more details below

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Islamist movements seeking power today are faced with difficult choices regarding strategy, ranging from armed struggle to electoral efforts. An emerging alternative consists of a rethinking of Islamist politics, where the goal of a “totally Islamic” polity would be abandoned in favor of some form of Islamic-oriented society. In this reformulation, Islamist politics would function as a pressure group to make society more Islamic, reinforcing the walls of semi-separate internal communities and reinterpreting Islam in more liberal ways. The September 11, 2001 terror attack on the United States, however, demonstrates that the radical approach remains attractive to many Islamists. Addressing these issues, the contributors look at the countries where Islamist movements have been most important. Case studies of revolutionary and reformist groups are followed by chapters discussing future alternatives for Islamist politics, presenting arguments both advocating and critical of a potential liberal, reformist, interest-group Islamism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791456187
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Why Radical Muslims Aren't Taking Over Governments1
2Radical Islam in Egypt: A Comparison of Two Groups11
3The Development of Palestinian Islamic Groups23
4Radical Islamist Movements in Turkey41
5Islamism and the State in North Africa69
6Hizballah: Between Armed Struggle and Domestic Politics91
7Balancing State and Society: The Islamic Movement in Kuwait105
8The Rise of the Islamist Movement in Turkey125
9Fethullah Gulen and His Liberal 'Turkish Islam' Movement141
10Islam and Democracy155
11Mediating Middle East Conflicts: An Alternative Approach173
12Liberal Islam: Prospects and Challenges191
13Inside the Islamic Reformation203
14Islamist Movements in the Middle East: A Survey and Balance Sheet207
List of Contributors219
Index221

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