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Making Sense of Muslim Fundamentalisms

The Clash Within Islam, 1st Edition

By Nimrod Hurvitz, Eli Alshech


288 pages

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Studying Muslim fundamentalisms, this book compares key movements, examining their commonalities, differences and intricate relations, as well as their achievements and failures. Muslim fundamentalisms have the sympathy of approximately half of the Muslim population in the world. Yet, they are divided among themselves and are in a constant state of controversy.

The research dwells on the leading fundamentalist movements, such as the Muslim Brothers, Tablighi Jamaʻat, al-Qaeda, and ISIS, and illustrates how differently they think about the West and its culture, democracy, and women’s presence in the public sphere. By identifying these trends, and studying them comparatively, the book enables the interested reader to make sense of the plethora of fundamentalist movements, which are otherwise lumped together by the media and are barely discernible for the reader. Whereas most studies of Muslim fundamentalism focus on organizational or militant actions that the movements perform, this study concentrates on their efforts to Islamize society through everyday life in a peaceful manner.

Identifying the different strands of Muslim fundamentalisms, the book will be a key resource to a wide range of readers including researchers and students interested in politics, religious, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Table of Contents


Part I: Histories

1. Moderate fundamentalists

2. Militant fundamentalists

Part II: Mobilization

3. Authority and leadership

4. The art and means of persuasion

Part III: Moral order

5. Images of the West

6. Culture wars

7. Women in the public sphere

Concluding observations

About the Authors

Nimrod Hurvitz teaches at the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. His areas of interest are medieval and modern religio-political movements. His publications have appeared in The American Historical Review, and in the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School.

Eli Alshech is a visiting scholar at the Hebrew University and a government consultant. His research focuses on Islamic fundamentalism, Salafi-jihadism, ‘Lone wolf’ Terrorism and Cyber Terrorism. His recent publications pertain to the ideological rift within the Salafi-jihadi camp, and to the way Jihadists build their authority and legitimacy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies