Islamism and Islam

Islamism and Islam

by Bassam Tibi
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Yale University Press
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Islamism and Islam

Despite the intense media focus on Muslims and their religion since the tragedy of 9/11, few Western scholars or policymakers today have a clear idea of the distinctions between Islam and the politically based fundamentalist movement known as Islamism. In this important and illuminating book, Bassam Tibi, a senior scholar of Islamic politics, provides a corrective to this dangerous gap in our understanding. He explores the true nature of contemporary Islamism and the essential ways in which it differs from the religious faith of Islam.

Drawing on research in twenty Islamic countries over three decades, Tibi describes Islamism as a political ideology based on a reinvented version of Islamic law. In separate chapters devoted to the major features of Islamism, he discusses the Islamist vision of state order, the centrality of antisemitism in Islamist ideology, Islamism's incompatibility with democracy, the reinvention of jihadism as terrorism, the invented tradition of shari'a law as constitutional order, and the Islamists' confusion of the concepts of authenticity and cultural purity. Tibi's concluding chapter applies elements of Hannah Arendt's theory to identify Islamism as a totalitarian ideology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300159981
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,312,004
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xv

1 Why Islamism Is Not Islam 1

2 Islamism and the Political Order 31

3 Islamism and Antisemitism 54

4 Islamism and Democracy 94

5 Islamism and Violence: The New World Disorder 134

6 Islamism and Law: Shari'atization as an Invention of Tradition 158

7 Islamism, Purity, and Authenticity 177

8 Islamism and Totalitarianism 201

9 Civil Islam as an Alternative to Islamism 225

Notes 243

Glossary of Arabic Terms 293

Bibliography 0297

Index 325

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