2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Political Islam

Edited By Shahram Akbarzadeh Copyright 2021
    468 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    468 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.