424 pages | 39 B/W Illus.
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.
Features of the third edition include:
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.
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