The Failure of Political Islam

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Harvard University Press, 1996 - History - 238 pages
Olivier Roy demonstrates that the Islamic Fundamentalism of today is still the Third Worldism of the 1960s: populist politics and mixed economies of laissez-faire for the rich and subsidies for the poor. In Roy's striking formulation, those marching today beneath Islam's green banners are the same as the "reds" of yesterday, with similarly dim prospects of success. Richly informed, powerfully argued, and clearly written, this is a book that no one trying to understand Islam can afford to overlook.
 

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In this work, Roy (Islam and Resistance in Afghanistan, Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1986) analyzes the types of people who are attracted to Islamist (the author's word) movements and the ideologies and goals ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
the Algerian FIS
75
Shiism and Revolution
168
The Shiite Factor in Irans Foreign Policy
183
Tomorrows Gray Areas
194
Notes
205
Bibliography
225
Index
231
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Olivier Roy is Researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and the author of Islam and Resistance in Afghanistan.

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