Islam Vs. Islamism

Islam Vs. Islamism

The Dilemma of the Muslim World

Book - 2006
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Explores the tension within the Muslim world between modern reformers and Islamists, or Islamic fundamentalists, and examines the alarming rise of Islamism in recent years and its connection to terrorism and political violence.
Islam vs. Islamism introduces the Islamic world's diversity, conflicts, and dilemmas--its origins, extraordinary creativity, and current crisis, the result of its unhappy encounter with Western modernity. Particular attention is given to Islamism, Islam's radically antimodern and often violent revision that is causing turmoil in the Middle East and beyond.

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Demant (history, U. de Sao Paulo), a specialist in Middle Eastern and Islamic affairs, carefully distinguishes between the religion of Islam and the political ideology of Islamism, placing each within its own context. He describes the origins and historical trajectory of Islam from the classical to the era of western influence, and then examines how Islam's expansion relates to issues of diaspora. He relates the past to the three waves of Islamism from the Sunni jihad of the late 1960s to the early 1980s, the Shiite interlude of the 1980s, and the later "Seven Marks," analyzes Islamism as an ideology, a movement, and an element of tribalism, and evaluates the tangled relationship of Islam and the west that will define coming years. He closes with observations about homogeneity, modernity, democracy, the challenge from western Islam and the possibility of an Islamist superpower or an Islamist revolution in a western state. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2006
ISBN: 9780275990787
Branch Call Number: 297.272 DEM
Characteristics: xxviii, 279 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Islam versus Islamism


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