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The Future of Political Islam / Edition 1

The Future of Political Islam / Edition 1

by G. Fuller
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ISBN-13: 9781403965561
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 05/12/2003
Edition description: 2003
Pages: 227
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

GRAHAM FULLER is a resident Senior Political Consultant at the RAND Corporation in Washington D.C., USA. He is also a former Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA.

Table of Contents

The Anguish of Islamic History The Uses of Political Islam Islamist Polarities Islamism and Global Geopolitics Islamism and Terrorism Islamism in Power Islamism in Politics Islam and the West The Impact of Global Forces The Future of Political Islam and its Options

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" illuminating read and a welcome addition to the growing literature on contemporary Islam..."—Publishers Weekly Annex

"After September 11, 2001, the discussion around Islam has often been shrill and usually sterile; that is why Graham Fuller's measured, scholarly and eminently sensible voice needs to be heard. Read Fuller's new book The Future of Political Islam to make sense of the dangerous, changing and complex relationship between the West and the world of Islam."—Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University in Washington, D.C. is author of Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World (I.B.Tauris, 2002)

"This is the most insightful book on developments in political Islam since the Iranian revolution shook the world. Having lived myself many years in the shadow of a mosque, I can say without hesitation that Fuller has captured the core and nature of Islamism. Importantly, he casts the movement as part of the solution to the looming confrontation between the United States and what we call the Islamic world, not just the cause of the confrontation. The Future of Political Islam is a must read, both for those shaping U.S. policy toward one-fifth of mankind and for America's own religious leaders who themselves have a hand on the political tiller."—Milt Bearden is a former senior CIA official and author of The Black Tulip (Random House, 2002) and co-author of The Main Enemy (Random House, 2003)

"Graham Fuller is supremely qualified to provide rich insight into contemporary Islamic thinking on politics, economics and international relations. Here his sensitivity to differences among Muslims combines with an impressive discussion of contemporary developments, resulting in an important contribution to understanding. Fuller argues persuasively that Islamic political movements are, above all, an engagement with the modern world, not a flight from it, and that it is possible to reason critically with their ideas. Fuller's hope that Islamist movements will engage in participatory politics, and his belief that they should be tested by the experience of government, underpin his cautiously optimistic analysis that the future of political Islam can be peaceful."—Fred Halliday, London School of Economics, author Nation and Religion in the Middle East

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My first impression was the lack of demonization. While any intelligent person understands the pitfalls of painting a group of people with a broad brush, Mr. Fuller does more than pay lip-service to the fact that Islam in general and more specifically political Islam contains a broad spectrum of orientations, both culturally and political. He describes a struggle to find what it is that is appropriately contemporary, culturally authentic, and properly supportive of an environment conducive to personal freedom, growth, and security, despite the obstacles and threats, real and perceived, external and from within. Islam and the democratic rule of law are neither incompatible nor on divergent trajectories. The challenge for political Islam is accomplishing a broadly acceptable synthesis and nothing less than altering an entrenched value system that has less to do with religion than it does the corruptive power of authoritarianism evident anywhere in the developing world. This is an objective and balanced work, neither apologist in nature nor burdened by ethnocentric baggage.