1st Edition

The Jamaat Question in Bangladesh Islam, Politics and Society in a Post-Democratic Nation

Edited By Syed Serajul Islam, Md Saidul Islam Copyright 2024
    278 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Jamaat Question in Bangladesh addresses the complex intersection of global politics and local dynamics in Bangladesh, particularly in relation to Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (Jamaat).

    With multidisciplinary insights and perspectives, the contributors to this volume provide an objective socio-historical analysis of Islam, politics and society in Bangladesh. Separating fact from fiction, they attempt to uncover the truth about Jamaat, the largest Islam-based political party in the country. Suppressed and marginalized by the BAL regime, Jamaat remains active in the social landscape of Bangladesh. What makes Jamaat so resilient against all odds? Can it peacefully coexist with rival political parties in a polarized nation such as Bangladesh? This book seeks to answer these crucial questions.

    An essential read for those interested in Bangladeshi politics and political Islam.


    Chapter 1 Jamaat Question in Post-Democratic Bangladesh

    Md Saidul Islam

    Chapter 2 Emergence of Islam and the Formation of Muslim Society in Bangladesh

    Md Nazrul Islam

    Chapter 3 Politics of Islam in Bangladesh and the Role of Jamaat

    Syed Serajul Islam

    Chapter 4 Jamaat and Shibir: From Islamic Revolutionary to Ideal Citizen

    Nazmus Sakib

    Chapter 5 Jamaat and Democracy: Constitutionalism, Electoral Politics and Complacency

    M. Moniruzzaman

    Chapter 6 Social Welfare Programs in the Politics of Jamaat in Bangladesh: A Social Movement Theory Perspective

    Faroque Amin

    Chapter 7 Behind the Story: Birth of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited and the Role of Jamaat

    Mohammad Nakibur Rahman and Abdullah M. Noman

    Chapter 8 Treatment of Jamaat and Shibir in Post-Democratic Bangladesh

    Md Anwarul Wadud and Md Saidul Islam

    Chapter 9 Execution of Jamaat Leaders: National Villains or Fallen Heroes?

    Maruf Billah

    Chapter 10 The International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh: Courting Controversy

    Toby Cadman, Carl Buckley and Jack Sproson

    Chapter 11 Jamaat and Bangladesh: Towards a Cohesive Narrative

    Md Saidul Islam and Md Nazrul Islam


    Syed Serajul Islam is Professor and Former Chair of the Department of Political Studies at Lakehead University, Orillia, Canada.

    Md Saidul Islam is Associate Professor and the Post-graduate Coordinator of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

    'This collection of essays on Bangladesh's place in the world stands out in the crowded field of writings on political Islam. The editors offer a comprehensive survey and analysis of Islam's political role in the Muslim world's third most populous nation.' 

    Shabbir Akhtar, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford

    'The Jamaat Question offers a nuanced exploration of Bangladesh's socio-political landscape, focusing on Jamaat, its largest Islam-based party. Bridging multiple disciplines, this insightful volume sheds light on Jamaat's controversial and constructive role in Bangladesh's tumultuous politics. An essential read for scholars probing the complexities of Islam, politics, and society in modern Bangladesh.'

    Mohammad A Auwal, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Los Angeles 

    'The Jamaat Question in Bangladesh is a marvellous compendium, a sparkling collection of gems from the established authors of political Islam in Bangladesh. Destined to become a masterpiece in the field, the volume, for the first time, delves deep into the local politics in Bangladesh with global relevance. Empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated, this dazzling collection of essays will mark a new era of reconciliation between Islamic and secular politics in Bangladesh and beyond.'

    Md Yousuf Ali, Islamic Philosophy and Islamic Thought, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)