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Yale University Press

Islamism: A History of Political Islam

Tarek Osman

Paperback

9780300230963

 

 

From the Fall of the Ottoman Empire to the Rise of ISIS

 

This provocative, vitally important work explores the development of the largest, most influential Islamic groups in the Middle East over the past century. Tarek Osman examines why political Islam managed to win successive elections and how Islamist groups in various nations have responded after ascending to power. He dissects the alliances that have formed among Islamist factions and against them, addressing the important issues of Islamism’s compatibility with modernity, with the region’s experiences in the twentieth century, and its impact on social contracts and minorities. He explains what Salafism means, its evolution, and connections to jihadist groups in the Middle East. Tarek Osman speculates on what the Islamists’ prospects for the future will mean for the region and the rest of the world.

 

Contents

 

1. The Islamists’ Coming to Power

2. Halal Money, Halal Regimes

3. The Salafists, from Cultural Salons to Jihadists’ Battlefields

4. The Islamists’ Fall from Power

5. The Secularists’ Predicament

6. The Minorities Fears

7. The Gulf’s Views of Islamism

8. Turkish Islamism as a Model for the Arab World

9. Iranian Islamism as a Model for Arab Islamists

10. Islamism and the West

11. The Dilemmas of Islamist Thinking Now