This book is an accessible and comprehensive account of political Islam in the contemporary world. Providing a broad introduction to all major aspects of the interface of Islam and politics it combines an accessible style with sufficient depth for the academic classroom. Drawing on insights from comparative politics and Islamic studies, this book explains the complex interaction between Islam, society, the state, and processes of globalization. Preserving the previous editions’ strong focus on key concepts from Islamic history as they relate to contemporary political Islam, this new edition includes coverage of important developments and updated country overviews from the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America.
- Two new case studies on Southeast Asia and Europe.
- Exploration of the origins and development of ISIS, Al-Qaeda and various regional affiliates of the global Salafi-Jihadi movement.
- Coverage of contemporary debates about radicalization and violent extremism.
- Examination of questions of Islam’s compatibility with democracy; the role of women; and Islamic perspectives on violence and conflict.
- Discussion of major theoretical debates in the literature on political Islam, the debate on Islamic exceptionalism and whether Islamist politics can be understood using the conventional tools of comparative political science and International Relations.
These updates ensure the book remains the single best introduction to the topic of political Islam for students and scholars, foreign policy professionals and the general reader.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Thinking about Islam and politics in global perspective
2. Islam and politics: History and key concepts
3. State formation and the making of Islamism
4. Islam in the system: The evolution of Islamism as political strategy
5. Islam as the system: Islamic states and "Islamization" from above
6. Islam for lack of a system: Islamism in weak and failed states
7. Radical Islamism and jihad beyond the nation-state
8. Towards post-Islamism? Globalization and Muslim politics
9. Conclusion: The Arab Uprisings and beyond
Peter Mandaville is Professor of International Affairs in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University in the United States. He is the author of Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma and has also co-edited several volumes of essays. His research interests include social and political movements in the Muslim world and post-Western international relations.
"Islam and Politics provides an accessible, detailed and critical overview of the rise and evolution of religious activism or political Islam. Peter Mandaville views Islamism in the context of domestic politics and globalization. A welcome comprehensive third edition."
Fawaz A. Gerges, London School of Economics, author of ISIS: A History.
"To say that this new edition of Islam and Politics is both sweeping and authoritative doesn't quite do it justice. What Peter Mandaville has done here is nothing short of remarkable. It's a big and brilliant book, panoramic in scope, and cutting across regions and themes almost effortlessly. The role that Islam plays in politics has become only more complex and controversial in recent years. And so a book like this isn't just important; it's indispensable for students and specialists alike – but also for really anyone who's interested in taking stock of the richness and diversity of Islamic thought and practice across the Muslim world. In fact, if you could only read one book on Islam and politics, it should probably be this one."
Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; author of Temptations of Power and Islamic Exceptionalism and co-editor of Rethinking Political Islam.