The phenomenon of political Islam continues to dominate the political and social map of the Arab world, with the increasingly open struggle between ruling elites and Islamists becoming the main source of political instability in many states. This volume offers an in-depth analysis of the rise of Islamic and fundamentalist movements in the Middle East and North Africa. Through detailed case studies, the contributors examine the various manifestations of political Islam, highlighting differences across movements and evaluating the varying circumstances in which they arise. They also assess the influence of such movements on the emerging post?Cold War order in the region and consider questions of a general nature, such as Islamic state theories and the impact of Islamicism on international relations.

chapter |15 pages


ByAbdel Salam Sidahmed, Anoushiravan Ehteshami

part One|74 pages

General Framework and Themes

chapter 1|15 pages

The Political Discourse of Contemporary Islamist Movements

ByYoussef Choueiri

chapter 2|16 pages

Islamic State Theories and Contemporary Realities

BySuha Taji-Farouki

chapter 3|19 pages

Islam and the Secular Logic of the State in the Middle East

ByCharles Tripp

chapter 4|20 pages

Pax Islamica: An Alternative New World Order?

ByDavid George

part Two|135 pages

Case Studies

chapter 5|15 pages

The Roots and Future of Islamism in Algeria

ByClaire Spencer

chapter 6|14 pages

Egypt: The Islamists and the State Under Mubarak

ByMaha Azzam

chapter 7|20 pages

Climate of Change in Jordan’s Islamist Movement

ByBeverley Milton-Edwards

chapter 8|20 pages

Islamic Governance in Post-Khomeini Iran

ByAnoushiravan Ehteshami

chapter 9|15 pages

Islamist Movements in Historical Palestine

ByIyad Barghouti

chapter 10|20 pages

Sudan: Ideology and Pragmatism

ByAbdel Salam Sidahmed

chapter 11|16 pages

State and Islamism in Syria

ByRaymond A. Hinnebusch

chapter 12|11 pages

Islamism and Tribalism in Yemen

ByEric Watkins

part Three|39 pages


chapter 13|19 pages

Islamism in Algeria and Iran

ByMehdi Mozaffari

chapter 14|17 pages

Women and Islamism: The Case of Rashid al-Ghannushi of Tunisia

ByMuhammad Mahmoud