The Contemporary Arab Reader on Political Islam

The Contemporary Arab Reader on Political Islam

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The Contemporary Arab Reader on Political Islam brings together the writings of highly influential figures in the field of Islamism in the contemporary Arab world, many of whose writings have never been available before in English. Addressing the key issues such as human rights, civil society, secularism, globalisation and ummah, and the impact of the West on the modern Arab world, this is the perfect starting point for students and academics looking to understand 'Political Islam' in contemporary Arab and Muslim societies. The contributors include such important Islamist thinkers and activists as Abdullah Azzam, central to the spread of Islamism in Afghanistan, Sayyid Muhammad Hussain Fadlallah, a major Shiite figure in contemporary Lebanon and Ahmad Bin Yousuf, a political advisor to Akram Haniyya in more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 20mm | 521.63g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074532889X
  • 9780745328898

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'An excellent collection of recent articles, originally written in Arabic by contemporary Islamist thinkers and never-before-seen by an English-speaking audience' -- Baha Abu-Laban, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Alberta 'Presents a needed and valuable world view of Islamism, as presented by many of its leading thinkers and ideologues' -- Norton Mezvinsky, Emeritus Professor of History and President, International Council for Middle East Studies. 'Draws together the seminal writings on Islamism from across the Arab world. Finally, in one volume, we can engage the foundational and current thinking of a diverse movement' -- David J. Goa, Director, Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion & Public Life, University of Alberta, Canada. 'A fascinating examination of a range of Arab interpretations of Islam and Islamism, including reflections on jihad, Israel/Palestine, and responses to the West since 9/11' -- Jane Smith, Harvard Divinity School 'Opens up a panorama of modern political thought that we scarcely knew existed. The result is an absolutely indispensable compendium on contemporary Islamist movements that no student of current affairs on a global scale can ignore' -- Hamid Dabashi, the Author of Islamic Liberation Theology: Resisting the Empire (2008) 'The most enlightening documents that I have ever read. The ideological and geographic range of the essays is unmatched in its richness and analytical depth' -- Ghada Hashem Talhami, D. K. Pearsons Professor of Politics, Emerita Lake Forest more

About Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi'

Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi' is the holder of the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities Chair of Islamic Studies at the University of Alberta. His many books include Intellectual Origins of Islamic Resurgence in the Modern Arab World (1996), Islam at the Crossroads (2003), The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought (2006), and Contemporary Arab Thought (Pluto Press, 2005).show more

Table of contents

List of Contributors Editor's Introduction Part I: Toward a Theoretical Appreciation of Islamism in the Contemporary Arab World 1. Muhammad Sa`id Ramadan al-Buti, Salafism is a Blessed Historical Phase Rather Than an Islamic Legal School 2. Fathi Yakan, Toward a Unified and Universal Islamic Movement 3. Ahmad Kamal Abu'l Majd, Towards a Modern Islamic Perspective Declaration of Principles 4. Muhammad al-Ghazali, Women Between the People of Hadith and the People of Fiqh Part II: Islamism, Jihad, and Martyrdom 5. Abdullah Anas, The Birth of `Afghan-Arabs': An Algerian Perspective 6. Abdullah Azzam, What Jihad Has Taught Me! 7. Muhammad Sa`id Ramadan al-Buti, Jihad in Islam: How to Understand and Practice it? 8. Sayyid Muhammad Hussain Fadlallah, Islam and the Question of Power Part III. Islamism and the Question of Israel/Palestine 9. Ismail R. Faruqi, Islam and Zionism 10. Mustafa Abu Sway, From Basel to Oslo: Zionism and the Islamic Narrative 11. Mohsen Saleh, Palestine/Lebanon], The Role of the Israeli Lobby Part IV: Contemporary Islamism: Trends and Self-Criticism 12. Abdul Qadir Awdah, Islam Between Ignorant Followers and Incapable Scholars 13. Ramadan Abdallah Shallah, The Islamic Movement and the Contemporary Challenges 14. Umar Abdel Rahman, On the Present Rulers in the Muslim World 15. Sami al-Arian, The Islamic Movement and Contemporary Crises: An Assessment and Correction 16. Rashid Ghannoushi, Islamic Movements: Self-Criticism and Reconsideration 17. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Islamic Awakening Between Rejection and Extremism 18. Jamil Hamami, The Islamic Movement: Hopes and Aspirations; Part V: Islamism, the West, the United States and 9/11 19. Abdel Wahab al-Masiri, Imperialism and the Contemporary Muslim world 20. Ahmad Bin Yousuf, Islamists and the West: From Confrontation to Cooperation 21. Munir Shafiq, Islam and the Challenges of Contemporary Decline 22. Kamal Habib, Transformation of the Islamic Movement and the Current American Strategy 23. Yasser Za`atira, The United States and Islamism: Before and After 9/11 24. Muhammad Hussain Fadlallah, Muslim Youth and the West: Between Original and Contemporary Values Part VI: Islamism in the Contemporary Arab World 25. Fahd al-Qahtani, Islam and Saudi Paganism 26. Muhammad al-Masa`ari, Conclusive Evidences for the Illegality of the Saudi State 27. Abdel Qadim Zalloum, How to Revive Islamic Caliphate? 28. Zaki Ahmad, Recent Changes in the Arab-Islamist Movements 29. Ahmad al-Raysouni, The Islamic Movement in Morocco: Resurgence or Decline? 30. Shaykh Ali al-Bayanuni, The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood 31. Ishaq al-Farhan, The Future of Islamist Work: The Islamist Movement in the Context of International Transformations and the Gulf Crisis; 32. Yahia H. Zoubir, Islamist Political Parties in Contemporary Algeria 33. Sami Abdallah, The Islamic Movement in the Gulf Region 34. Tarik Hamdi Al-Azami, The Islamic Movement in Modern Iraq, Sunni Dimension 35. Malik Bennabi, The Ideational World and Its Impressed and Expressed Ideasshow more

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