The phenomenon of political Islam continues to dominate the political and social map of the Arab world, with the increasingly open struggle between ruling elites and Islamists becoming the main source of political instability in many states. This volume offers an in-depth analysis of the rise of Islamic and fundamentalist movements in the Middle East and North Africa. Through detailed case studies, the contributors examine the various manifestations of political Islam, highlighting differences across movements and evaluating the varying circumstances in which they arise. They also assess the influence of such movements on the emerging post?Cold War order in the region and consider questions of a general nature, such as Islamic state theories and the impact of Islamicism on international relations.
Preface -- Note on Terminology and Transliteration -- Introduction -- General Framework and Themes -- The Political Discourse of Contemporary Islamist Movements -- Islamic State Theories and Contemporary Realities -- Islam and the Secular Logic of the State in the Middle East -- Pax Islamica: An Alternative New World Order? -- Case Studies -- The Roots and Future of Islamism in Algeria -- Egypt: The Islamists and the State Under Mubarak -- Climate of Change in Jordan’s Islamist Movement -- Islamic Governance in Post-Khomeini Iran -- Islamist Movements in Historical Palestine -- Sudan: Ideology and Pragmatism -- State and Islamism in Syria -- Islamism and Tribalism in Yemen -- Parallels -- Islamism in Algeria and Iran -- Women and Islamism: The Case of Rashid al-Ghannushi of Tunisia