The Future of Political Islam

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Macmillan, May 12, 2003 - Philosophy - 227 pages
Graham E. Fuller brings a lifetime of experience in the Muslim world to shed light on how common, even universal, political behavior takes on a distinctively Islamic guise in the Muslim world. By examining the social, economic and political context, he explains that the struggle between the fundamentalists and liberals will determine the future of political Islam. This sweeping survey of trends in the Muslim world, from Morocco to the Philippines, explores the diversity of Islamic political activity and makes clear that Islamic political movements represent a broad spectrum of outlook and behavior. Whether traditional or liberal, these movements have become an important vehicle for the concerns, aspirations and grievances of vast numbers of Muslims worldwide and are a natural outgrowth of Muslim history. Fuller contends that while political Islam is the dominant intellectual current, a focus on radicalism and extremism blinds us from another trend: liberal political Islam. The issues are not what is Islam, but what Muslims want, and not whether Islam will play a central role in politics, but which Islam. As Islam has become the vocabulary for political and social expression, it has come to serve various agendas.
 

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Contents

The Anguish of Islamic History
1
Islamism in Action
13
Islamist Polarities
47
Islamism and Global Geopolitics
67
Islam and Terrorism
83
Iran Sudan and Afghanistan
97
Islamism in Politics
119
Islamism and the West
145
The Impact of Global Forces on Political Islam
167
Its Dilemmas and Options
193
Notes
215
Index
221
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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.