This updated, second edition of the Handbook of Political Islam covers a range of political actors that use Islam to advance their cause. While they share the ultimate vision of establishing a political system governed by Islam, their tactics and methods can be very different. Capturing this diversity, this volume also sheds light on some of the less-known experiences from South East Asia to North Africa.

Drawing on expertise from some of the top scholars in the world, the chapters examine the main issues surrounding political Islam across the world, including:

  • Theoretical foundations of political Islam
  • Historical background
  • Geographical spread of Islamist movements
  • Political strategies adopted by Islamist groups
  • Terrorism
  • Attitudes towards democracy
  • Relations between Muslims and the West in the international sphere
  • Challenges of integration
  • Gender relations

Capturing the geographical spread of Islamism and the many manifestations of this political phenomenon make this book a key resource for students and researchers interested in political Islam, Muslim affairs and the Middle East.

chapter 1|10 pages

Political Islam under the spotlight

ByShahram Akbarzadeh

chapter 2|15 pages

Islamism beyond politics

Sayyid Qutb’s journey to radicalism
ByJohn Calvert

chapter 3|12 pages


From Wahhabism to Vilayat-e Faqih
ByAbdullah F. Alrebh

chapter 4|13 pages

Political Islam and animal issues

ByEmmanuel Karagiannis

chapter 5|16 pages

The Muslim Brotherhood

Ideological, political and organizational developments
ByBarbara Zollner

chapter 6|12 pages

Islamic movements and party politics

Two competing visions in Morocco
ByEsen Kirdiş

chapter 7|12 pages

Hamas according to Hamas

A reading of its Document of General Principles
ByJean-François Legrain

chapter 8|11 pages


Between nationalism and Islamism
ByJames Paterson, Benjamin MacQueen

chapter 9|13 pages

Islamists, Muslim democrats and citizenship in contemporary Indonesia

ByRobert W. Hefner

chapter 11|13 pages

Islam and politics in the Maldives

Rethinking political Islam
ByAzim Zahir

chapter 12|16 pages

Political Islam in Central Asia

From religious revival to securitization
ByHélène Thibault

chapter 13|15 pages

Islamism in Turkey

ByGareth Jenkins

chapter 15|17 pages

Facebook and agency

Iranian women’s resistance and reaffirmation
ByShahin Gerami

chapter 16|15 pages

Political Islamic movements in South Asia

The case of Jama‘at-e-Islami
ByMuqtedar Khan, Rifat Binte Lutful

chapter 17|13 pages

An existential crisis

The diminishing influence of religion in the New Saudi Arabia
ByEman Alhussein

chapter 18|15 pages

Political Islam in peace and war

The case of Yemen
BySilvana Toska

chapter 19|12 pages

The two sources of jihadism

ByBernard Rougier

chapter 20|17 pages

Jihadi Salafism

ByMohammed M. Hafez

chapter 21|13 pages

The ideology of al-Qaeda

ByChristina Hellmich

chapter 22|16 pages

The Islamic State’s ideological and strategic worldview

ByAnthony Celso

chapter 23|12 pages

Hizb-ut-Tahrir in the age of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

ByMohamed Nawab Bin Mohamed Osman

chapter 24|19 pages

Militant goodness and totalized meanings

Some interpretations of jihad among Tajiks
BySophie Roche

chapter 25|14 pages

Women in jihad

A historical perspective on Western women in the Islamic State (IS)
BySeran de Leede

chapter 26|12 pages

Politics for jihadi women

Lashker-e-Taiba and Jamaat ud Dawah as a case study
BySamina Yasmeen

chapter 27|20 pages

Racialization and the construction of the problem of the Muslim presence in Western societies

ByValérie Amiraux, Pierre-Luc Beauchesne

chapter 29|18 pages

Revisiting S.P. Huntington’s ‘The Clash of Civilizations’ thesis

ByHoward Brasted, Imran Ahmed, Shafi Md. Mostofa