Whatever Happened to the Islamists?: Salafis, Heavy Metal Muslims and the Lure of Consumerist Islam

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Widespread confusion over the use of the terms Islamism or Political Islam often obscures the fact that these are not new phenomena and can be traced back more than a century. But like all utopian beliefs, such as Communism, Islamism cannot entirely resist the broader currents of political and social change that confront it today, especially globalisation. Through meticulous on the ground and theoretical research in to the trajectories of current and former Islamists, the contributors to this book seek to ...
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Overview


Widespread confusion over the use of the terms Islamism or Political Islam often obscures the fact that these are not new phenomena and can be traced back more than a century. But like all utopian beliefs, such as Communism, Islamism cannot entirely resist the broader currents of political and social change that confront it today, especially globalisation. Through meticulous on the ground and theoretical research in to the trajectories of current and former Islamists, the contributors to this book seek to understand what has become of political Islam. While many scholars have focused on the drift to violence of historical Islamism, they look at the other side of the coin to describe the continuities and not the ruptures of Islamism with its own ideology.Political Islam remains relevant to a new generation of militants but the channels through which it is expressed have changed. Jihad is often conducted electronically, via membership of Islamist e-mail list-servers; Islamist activism has been personalized, domesticated even, through the consumption of Islamic soft drinks and other lifestyle choices; and, the street protests that characterized the Islamist struggle in its heyday face competition from Islamic rap stars' concerts. These are among the issues addressed in this innovative volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850659402
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Amel Boubekeur is a Research fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. She has been an Associate Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Centre for European Policy Studies. Working on Islam in Europe and Arab politics, she is the author of European Islam : Challenges for Public Policy and Society, 2007, and Le voile de la mariée, 2004.

Olivier Roy is Professor at EHESS, the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris. Among his books are Globalised Islam: The Search for a new Ummah.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

C. 1 Is Islamism a Neo-Orientalist Plot?
O. Roy

C. 2 The Problem of the Political
R. Meijer

C. 3 Turkey
J. Marcou

C. 4 The New Trend of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt
M. Mosaad Abdel Aziz

C. 5 Reinventing Political Islam
A. Boubekeur

C. 6 Political Islam in West Africa
M. Gomez-Perez

C. 7 The 'Other' Political Islam
M. de Koning

C. 8 Veiled Artists in Egypt
V. Frate

C. 9 Heavy Metal Muslims
M. LeVine

C. 10 Beyond Islamism at Work: Corporate Islam in Malaysia
P. Sloane-White

Postface

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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