Akbarzadeh and Saeed explore one of the most challenging issues facing the Muslim world: the Islamisation of political power. They present a comparative analysis of Muslim societies in West, South, Central and South East Asia and highlight the immediacy of the challenge for the political leadership in those societies. Islam and Political Legitimacy contends that the growing reliance on Islamic symbolism across the Muslim world, even in states that have had a strained relationship with Islam, has contributed to the evolution of Islam as a social and cultural factor to an entrenched political force. The geographic breadth of this book offers readers a nuanced appraisal of political Islam that transcends parochial eccentricities. Contributors to this volume examine the evolving relationship between Islam and political power in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan.

Researchers and students of political Islam and radicalism in the Muslim world will find Islam and Political Legitimacy of special interest. This is a welcome addition to the rich literature on the politics of the contemporary Muslim world.

chapter |13 pages

Islam and politics

ByShahram Akbarzadeh, Abdullah Saeed

chapter |21 pages

Saudi Arabia

Re-reading politics and religion in the wake of September 11
ByLarbi Sadiki

chapter |18 pages

Pakistan and the struggle for `real' Islam

BySamina Yasmeen

chapter |14 pages

The Islamic dilemma in Uzbekistan

ByShahram Akbarzadeh

chapter |25 pages

Failure of the `welfare state'

Islamic resurgence and political legitimacy in Bangladesh
ByTaj I. Hashmi

chapter |23 pages

Islam and political legitimacy in Malaysia

ByOsman Bakar

chapter |19 pages

Divided majority

Limits of Indonesian political Islam
ByGreg Fealy

chapter |6 pages

State legitimacy

ByShahram Akbarzadeh