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Routledge Handbook of Political Islam

Edited By

Shahram Akbarzadeh

ISBN 9781138577824
Published October 10, 2017 by Routledge
338 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Political Islam, Islamism and Future Prospects Shahram Akbarzadeh  2. Sayyid Qutb: Founder of Radical Islamic Political Ideology Ahmad Moussalli  3. Three Dimensions of the Emerging Political Philosophy of Islam M. A. Muqtedar Khan  4. Modernity and Islamic Religious Consciousness Raja Bahlul  5. The Muslim Brotherhood Barbara Zollner  6. Hamas: Between Pragmatism and Radicalism Mohammed M. Hafez and Marc-André Walther  7. Hizbullah in Lebanon Lara Deeb  8. Hizb ut-Tahrir Mohamed Nawab Bin Mohamed Osman  9. Islamic Radicalism in a Democratizing Indonesia Robert W. Hefner  10. Islamism Reaches Central Asia Shahram Akbarzadeh  11. Islamism in Turkey Gareth Jenkins  12. The Institutionalisation of Political Islam in Iran Rebecca Barlow and Shahram Akbarzadeh  13. Political Thinking on Islam and Democracy: The Case of Iran Ali M Pedram  14. Islam, Identity and Discourses in Pakistan Samina Yasmeen  15. Reforming the Religious Discourse in Saudi Arabia (2001-2010) Eman Mohammad Alhussein  16. De-territorialized Islamisms: Women’s Agency of Resistance and Acquiescence Shahin Gerami  17. Racialization and the Challenge of Muslim Integration in the European Union Valérie Amiraux  18. UK Counter-terrorism Strategy and Muslim Diaspora Communities: The ‘Securitisation of Integration’ Tahir Abbas  19. Perpetual Struggle: The Significance of Arab-Israeli Conflict for Islamists Beverley Milton-Edwards  20. A Tortured Relationship: Islamists and US Foreign Policy Benjamin MacQueen  21. Islamism in the Middle East: the Resistant, the Fighter and the Mujahid Bernard Rougier  22. Islam and ‘The Clash of Civilizations?’ An Historical Perspective Howard Brasted and Adeel Khan

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Shahram Akbarzadeh is Research Professor of Middle East and Central Asian Politics and holds the prestigious ARC Future Fellowship. He is Deputy Director (International) at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization, Deakin University, Australia, with an active research interest in the politics of Islam and the Middle East.


"[T]he Routledge Handbook of Political Islam is very successful indeed in imparting to the reader a sense of the breadth and variety of Islamic political thought. The editor has assembled a capable team of writers with a wide range of academic knowledge, and most of the essays in the book both are intellectually satisfying and written in a clear style that is accessible to the nonspecialist... The Routledge Handbook of Political Islam is an excellent resource. It is highly recommended for all those with an interest in issues related to political Islam." - C. Dale Walton, University of Reading, UK; Comparative Strategy: 31, 2012