Face to Face with Political Islam

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I.B.Tauris, Feb 8, 2003 - Political Science - 230 pages
The portrayal of Islamic movements as a tide of religious fanaticism threatening the West, and major participants in the coming "clash of civilizations", has provoked a multifaceted debate of great significance to the future of international relations. This text argues that political Islam's desire to restore a culture distorted by colonization does not necessarily compromise its progress to more democracy and greater tolerance. From Rabat to Gaza, through Algiers and Cairo, the author carried out his enquiry through interviews with prominent Islamists, and he allows them to speak for themselves in the book. Among the issues addressed are the relationship between Islam and modernity, Islamism and women, and questions of violence.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
ONE Arabs from Fellaghos to Fundamentalists
10
TWO From Nationalism to Islamism
24
THREE From the Secular Break to the Reconstruction of Identity
43
Islamism between Reaction
59
FIVE Revolutionary Violence and Unofficial Violence
73
AntiCopt Islamism
81
The Spiral of Violence
91
Islamism Against the Intellectuals?
102
The IslamistsAgainst Peace
117
ELEVEN Islamism and Women
140
TWELVE From Imported to Imposed Modernity
152
Islamism Today
165
NOTES ON THE TEXT
186
INDEX
223
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Francois Burgat, a political scientist and Arabist, is Researcher at the CNRS in Paris. Having spent 7 years in Algeria, and a further 5 years in Egypt working on this book, he now directs the Centre Francais d'Archeologie et de Sciences Sociales in Sana'a, Yemen.

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