Islamic Activism

Islamic Activism : A Social Movement Theory Approach

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"... [Will] have an impact on two important fields of scholarship: social movement theory and the study of Islamic activist movements." -John Voll, Georgetown UniversityThis volume represents the first comprehensive attempt to incorporate the study of Islamic activism into social movement theory. It argues that the dynamics, processes, and organization of Islamic activism can be understood as important elements of contention that transcend the specificity of "Islam" as a system of meaning and identity and a basis for collective action. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, the contributors show how social movement theory can be utilized to address a wide range of questions about the mobilization of contention in support of Muslim causes. The book covers myriad examples of Islamic activism (Sunni and Shi`a) in eight countries (Arab and non-Arab), including case studies of violence and contention, networks and alliances, and culture and more

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 20mm | 480.81g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 3 figures, 1 index
  • 0253216214
  • 9780253216212
  • 428,844

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"The book's brilliant thesis is that the Western authors need a social movement theory-paradigm to reveal the dynamics of the ongoing political and cultural movements in the Muslim world.... the book is a very good contribution to Islamism." -M. A. Khan, Emory University, Choice, July 2004show more

About Quintan Wiktorowicz

Quintan Wiktorowicz is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College and author of Global Jihad: Understanding September more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: Foreword Charles TillyIntroduction: Islamic Activism and Social Movement Theory Quintan WiktorowiczPart I. Violence and Contention1. From Marginalization to Massacres: A Political Process Explanation of GIA Violence in Algeria Mohammed M. Hafez2. Violence as Contention in the Egyptian Islamic Movement Mohammed M. Hafez and Quintan Wiktorowicz3. Repertoires of Contention in Contemporary Bahrain Fred H. Lawson4. Hamas as Social Movement Glenn E. RobinsonPart II. Networks and Alliances5. The Networked World of Islamist Social Movements Diane Singerman6. Islamist Women in Yemen: Informal Nodes of Activism Janine A. Clark7. Collective Action with and without Islam: Mobilizing the Bazaar in Iran Benjamin Smith8. The Islah Party in Yemen: Political Opportunities and Coalition Building in a Transitional Polity Jillian SchwedlerPart III. Culture and Frames9. Interests, Ideas, and Islamist Outreach in Egypt Carrie Rosevsky Wickham10. Making Conversation Permissible: Islamism and Reform in Saudi Arabia Gwenn Okruhlik11. Opportunity Spaces, Identity, and Islamic Meaning in Turkey M. Hakan YavuzConclusion: Social Movement Theory and Islamic Studies Charles KurzmanContributorsshow more

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