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2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Political Islam

Edited By

Shahram Akbarzadeh

ISBN 9780367680992
Published January 9, 2023 by Routledge
468 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This updated, second edition of the Handbook of Political Islam covers a range of political actors that use Islam to advance their cause. While they share the ultimate vision of establishing a political system governed by Islam, their tactics and methods can be very different. Capturing this diversity, this volume also sheds light on some of the less-known experiences from South East Asia to North Africa.

Drawing on expertise from some of the top scholars in the world, the chapters examine the main issues surrounding political Islam across the world, including:

  • 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

Capturing the geographical spread of Islamism and the many manifestations of this political phenomenon make this book a key resource for students and researchers interested in political Islam, Muslim affairs and the Middle East.

Table of Contents

1. Political Islam Under the Spotlight

Shahram Akbarzadeh

2. Islamism beyond Politics: Sayyid Qutb’s Journey to Radicalism

John Calvert

3. Theocracy: From Wahhabism to Vilayat-e-Faqih

Abdullah F. Alrebh

4. Political Islam and Animal Issues

Emmanuel Karagiannis

5. The Muslim Brotherhood

Barbara Zollner

6. Islamic Movements and Party Politics: Two Competing Visions in Morocco

Esen Kirdiş

7. Hamas according to Hamas. A reading of its Document of General Principles

Jean-François Legrain

8. Hezbollah: Between Nationalism and Islamism

James Paterson and Benjamin MacQueen

9. Islamists, Muslim Democrats and Citizenship in Contemporary Indonesia

Robert Hefner

10. Muslim Autonomy, Political Pragmatism, and the Challenge of Islamist Extremism in the Philippines

Thomas M. McKenna

11. Islam and politics in the Maldives: rethinking political Islam

Azim Zahir

12. Political Islam in Central Asia: from religious revival to securitization

Hélène Thibault

13. Islamism in Turkey

Gareth Jenkins

14. Islamist Populism in Turkey, Islamist Fatwas and State Transnationalism

Ihsan Yilmaz

15. Facebook and Agency: Iranian Women’s Resistance and Reaffirmation

Shahin Gerami

16. Political Islamic Movements in South Asia: The Case of Jamaat-e-Islami

M. A. Muqtedar Khan & Rifat Binte Lutful

17. An Existential Crisis: The Diminishing Influence of Religion in the New Saudi Arabia

Eman Alhussein

18. Political Islam in Peace and War: The Case of Yemen

Silvana Toska

19. The two sources of jihadism

Bernard Rougier

20. Jihadi Salafism

Mohammed M. Hafez

21. The ideology of al-Qaeda

Christina Hellmich

22. The Islamic State’s Ideological and Strategic World View

Anthony Celso

23. Hizb-ut-Tahrir in the Age of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

Mohamed Nawab Bin Mohamed Osman

24. Militant goodness and totalized meanings: some interpretations of jihad among Tajiks

Sophie Roche

25. Women in Jihad

Seran de Leede

26. Politics for Jihadi Women: Lashker-e-Taiba and Jamaat ud Dawah as a case study

Samina Yasmeen

27. Racialization and the construction of the problem of the Muslim presence in Western societies

Valerie Amiraux and Pierre-Luc Beauchesne

28. UK Counter-Terrorism Strategy, Muslim Diaspora Communities and the ‘Securitisation of Integration’

Tahir Abbas

29. Revisiting S.P. Huntington’s ‘The Clash of Civilizations’ thesis

Howard V. Brasted, Imran Ahmed and Shafi Md. Mostofa

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Shahram Akbarzadeh is Convenor of the Middle East Studies Forum at the Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University, Australia. He held a prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2012–16) on the role of Islam in Iran’s foreign policy making and recently completed a project on Proxy Wars in the Middle East and South Asia, sponsored by Carnegie Corporation New York.