Routledge Handbook of Political Islam

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Shahram Akbarzadeh
Routledge, Mar 12, 2012 - Political Science - 338 pages
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The Routledge Handbook of Political Islam provides a multidisciplinary overview of the phenomenon of political Islam, one of the key political movements of our time. Drawing on the expertise from some of the top scholars in the world it examines the main issues surrounding political Islam across the world, from aspects of Muslim integration in the West to questions of political legitimacy in the Muslim world.

Bringing together an international team of renowned and respected experts on the topic, the chapters in the book present a critical account of:

  • Theoretical foundations of political Islam
  • Historical background
  • Geographical spread of Islamist movements
  • Political strategies adopted by Islamist groups
  • Terrorism
  • Attitudes towards democracy
  • Relations between Muslims and the West in the international sphere
  • Challenges of integration
  • Gender relations.

Presenting readers with the diversity of views on political Islam in a nuanced and dispassionate manner, this handbook is an essential addition to the existing literature on Islam and politics. It will be of interest across a wide range of disciplines, including political science, Islamic studies, sociology and history.


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List of contributors 1 The paradox of political Islam
founder of radical Islamic political ideology
Three dimensions of the emerging political philosophy of Islam
Modernity and Islamic religious consciousness
The Muslim Brotherhood
between pragmatism and radicalism
Hizbullah in Lebanon
Hizb utTahrir
the case of Iran
Islam identity and discourses in Pakistan
Reforming the religious discourse in Saudi Arabia 200110
womens agency of resistance and acquiescence
Racialization and the challenge of Muslim integration in the European Union
the securitisation of integration
the significance of ArabIsraeli conflict for Islamists
Islamists and US foreign policy

Islamic radicalism in a democratizing Indonesia
Islamism reaches Central Asia
Islamism in Turkey
The institutionalisation of political Islam in Iran
the resistant the fighter
Islam and the clash of civilizations? An historical
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Shahram Akbarzadeh is Deputy Director at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, Australia

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