Transnational Political Islam

Transnational Political Islam : Religion, Ideology and Power

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Political Islam, to be distinguished from Islam as a culture or a religion, and from Islamic Fundamentalism, is an increasingly important feature of the western political scene. The ideologies of Political Islam reflect the fact that some of their adherents live and work within a Western socio-political context. Although Political Islam has been widely written about in Muslim countries, very little has been published the West, and this book attempts to redress that imbalance. With a range of outstanding contributors that includes academics and human rights advocates this book tackles the diversity of Islamist thinking and practice in various Western countries and explores their transnational connections in both East and West. The book analyses developments in Islamist thinking and activities, and their connections to the latest global political and economic trends, and discusses future evolutions of the ideology and its more

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 142.2 x 224 x 17.8mm | 317.52g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • index
  • 0745316263
  • 9780745316260
  • 2,185,559

About Azza Karam

Azza Karam is a Program Director at the World Conference of Religions for Peace in New York. Her previous appointments included lecturing in politics at the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict at Queen's University, Belfast, and working as a Senior Program Officer at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Stockholm. Dr. Karam is a co-editor of Pluto's Critical Studies on Islam Series .show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Foreword by John Esposito, Georgetown University, USA. 1. Transnational Political Islam : An Introduction Azza Karam, World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP), USA. 2. Restructuring Political Islam: Transnational Belonging and Muslims in France and Germany Valerie Amiraux, Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Centre Universitaire de Recherche Administrative et Politique de Picardie (CURAPP), France. 3. Political Islam in Sweden: Integration and Deterrence Jan Hjarpe, University of Lund, Sweden. 4. Islam in the Netherlands: Traveling Under the Shadow of the World Trade Center Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of Urbana Champaign, USA. 5. Cognac, Cigarettes and Terrorist Cells in Albania Fred Abrahams, Human Rights Watch, USA. 6. Exploring Theoretical and Programmatic Changes in Contemporary Islamist Discourse: Al-Manar Al-Jadid in Egypt Amr Hamzawy, Free University of Berlin, Germany. About the Contributors Indexshow more

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This is a very stimulating study that successfully and productively combines a discourse analysis approach with socio-political investigation of the world situation after September 11th. The study in fact reveals more than it seems to convey about the two fundamentalist powers, international terrorism and the 'war against terrorism'. They are the sound and the echo, or the image and its reflection, thus reveals Azza Karam's book. -- Prof. Dr. Nasr H. Abu Zayd, Islamic Studies, Leiden University This is a solid selection of original articles, including several unique case studies on Muslims and politics in Europe. In contrast to the usual fare, which is all too often a mile wide and an inch deep, these are solid, serious, and provocative pieces that open new vistas of understanding and ask novel questions. This is precisely the collection of new pieces that the informed reader will want in hand as he or she grapples with understanding Political Islam as a transnational phenomenon. -- Augustus Richard Norton, Professor, Boston University Transnational Political Islam presents a unique insight into the relations between political Islam or Islamism in the Muslim world and its links - conceptually and organizationally - within the western world. Rather than the simplistic notion of Islamism as terrorism, the authors of this collection argue for a more profound and subtle understanding of the intersection between religion and politics globally and locally, while simultaneously warning of the triggers of radicalism inherent in all societies during these critical times. This volume is a must for students of Islam and politics. -- Prof. Jorgen S. Nielsen - Prof. of Islamic Studies and Director, Graduate Institute for Theology and Religion University of Birminghamshow more