chapter  5
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The Ideologization of Islam: Meaning, Manifestations and causes

ByMir Zohair Husain

The "ideologization of Islam" is the reaffirmation of Islam as a political idiom in which Islamic symbols, ideas, and ideals are cultivated by practitioners - Islamic revivalists or Islamists - both enlightened and misguided, reactionary and revolutionary, pacifist and violent, rulers and opposition groups. The ideologization of Islam, whereby Islam becomes a comprehensive political ideology, has been referred to in the scholarly literature and in the popular mass media as Islamic revivalism, Islamic reassertion, Islamic resurgence, political Islam, Islamic fundamentalism, Islamism, and in a myriad other ways.