Political Islam: Essays from Middle East Report

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Joel Beinin, Joe Stork
University of California Press, 1997 - History - 395 pages
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The essays and case studies collected here—featuring some of the best material from Middle East Report over the past decade as well as much original material—challenge the facile generalizations about what Western media and political establishments usually call "Islamic fundamentalism." The authors demonstrate the complexity of these movements and offer complementary and contrasting interpretations of their origins and significance. The material included covers a broad range of themes—including democracy and civil society, gender relations and popular culture—as they have emerged in countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
  

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Contents

Introduction to Part
29
Gender and Civil Society
64
Islamist Notions of Democracy
71
Introduction to Part
97
Is Iran an Islamic State?
103
Hizb Allah and the Lebanese State
136
The Resurgence of Islam and the Welfare Party
144
Is There an Islamic Economics?
154
Homa Hoodfar
220
The Women of Sudans National Islamic Front
234
Introduction to Part Four
253
Political Islam
269
Introduction to Part Five
309
Silencing Is at the Heart of My Case
327
Roots of the Shii Movement in Lebanon
355
How Can a Muslim Live in This Era?
370

The Political Economy
166
Introduction to Part Three
181

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About the author (1997)

Joel Beinin is Professor of History and Director of the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. He is an editor of Middle East Report. Joe Stork is a founder of the Middle East Research and Information Project and was Editor of Middle East Report for the first twenty-five years of its existence.

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