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Routledge Studies in Political Islam


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This series provides a forum for the latest research on all aspects of political Islam. It includes a range of approaches and studies on individuals, movements, theory and practice.

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Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Caliphate: Why the Group is Still Appealing to Muslims in the West

Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Caliphate: Why the Group is Still Appealing to Muslims in the West

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Elisa Orofino
September 02, 2019

Investigating the appeal of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), the study expands on why non-violent radical forms of Islam still attract segments of Muslim communities in the West. Being one of the few comprehensive studies on HT, this book discusses how this Islamist group advocate for the caliphate...

The Global Muslim Brotherhood in Britain: Non-Violent Islamist Extremism and the Battle of Ideas

The Global Muslim Brotherhood in Britain: Non-Violent Islamist Extremism and the Battle of Ideas

1st Edition

Damon L. Perry
August 02, 2018

Since 2011, with the British Government’s counter-radicalisation strategy, Prevent, non-violent Islamist groups have been considered a security risk for spreading a divisive ideology that can lead to radicalisation and violence. More recently, the Government has expressed concerns about their...

Islamists of the Maghreb

Islamists of the Maghreb

1st Edition

Jeffry R. Halverson, Nathaniel Greenberg
October 06, 2017

In 2011, the Maghreb occupied a prominent place in world headlines when Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, became the birthplace of the so-called Arab Spring. Events in Tunisia sparked huge and sometimes violent uprisings. Longstanding dictatorships fell in their wake. The ensuing democratic reforms resulted in...

Religious Authority and Political Thought in Twelver Shi'ism: From Ali to Post-Khomeini

Religious Authority and Political Thought in Twelver Shi'ism: From Ali to Post-Khomeini

1st Edition

Hamid Mavani
July 18, 2015

Ranging from the time of the infallible Imams, to the contemporary era, this book provides a comprehensive overview of Shi’i religious and political authority, focusing on Iran and Lebanon, without limiting the discourse to Khomeini’s version of an Islamic State. Utilising untapped Arabic and...

The Essence of Islamist Extremism: Recognition through Violence, Freedom through Death

The Essence of Islamist Extremism: Recognition through Violence, Freedom through Death

1st Edition

Irm Haleem
March 21, 2014

This book provides a critical and a conceptual analysis of radical Islamist rhetoric drawn from temporally and contextually varied Islamist extremist groups, challenging the popular understanding of Islamist extremism as a product of a ‘clash-of-civilizations’. Arguing that the essence of Islamist...

Islamic Revivalism in Syria: The Rise and Fall of Ba'thist Secularism

Islamic Revivalism in Syria: The Rise and Fall of Ba'thist Secularism

1st Edition

Line Khatib
March 10, 2014

Contemporary studies on Syria assume that the country’s Ba’thist regime has been effective in subduing its Islamic opposition, placing Syria at odds with the Middle East’s larger trends of rising Islamic activism and the eclipse of secular ideologies as the primary source of political activism. Yet...

Islam and Political Reform in Saudi Arabia: The Quest for Political Change and Reform

Islam and Political Reform in Saudi Arabia: The Quest for Political Change and Reform

1st Edition

Mansoor Jassem Alshamsi
February 27, 2014

This book examines the link between Islamic thought/jurisprudence on the one hand and political action on the other. It shows how reformism is deeply rooted in Islamic tradition and how Sunni scholars have become activists for change in Saudi Arabia....

Islamism and the West: From

Islamism and the West: From "Cultural Attack" to "Missionary Migrant"

1st Edition

Uriya Shavit
November 25, 2013

Offering a unique analysis of Islamist ideology, Islamism and the West attempts to explain how- and why-mainstream Islamist leaders have, for the past century, developed and canonized theories which depict theWest as engaged in a sophisticated conspiracy to undermine Muslim identity by cultural...

Democracy In Islam

Democracy In Islam

1st Edition

Sayed Khatab, Gary D. Bouma
December 20, 2011

Challenging the view of Islamic extremists and critics of Islam, this book explores the very topical issue of Islam’s compatibility with democracy. It examines: principles of Islam's political theory and the notion of democracy therein the notion of democracy in medieval and modern Muslim...

The Flourishing of Islamic Reformism in Iran: Political Islamic Groups in Iran (1941-61)

The Flourishing of Islamic Reformism in Iran: Political Islamic Groups in Iran (1941-61)

1st Edition

Seyed Mohammad Ali Taghavi
April 06, 2011

During the 1940s and 1950s, Islamic reformism flourished in Iran. This book examines how Iranian Islamic groups came to rethink traditional accounts of religion and nurture a politicized version of Islam. The author shows how similar social and political circumstances, but different family and...

The Muslim Brotherhood: Hasan al-Hudaybi and ideology

The Muslim Brotherhood: Hasan al-Hudaybi and ideology

1st Edition

Barbara Zollner
March 14, 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the most influential Islamist organisations today. Based in Egypt, its network includes branches in many countries of the Near and Middle East. Although the organisation has been linked to political violence in the past, it now proposes a politically moderate...

The Political Thought of Sayyid Qutb: The Theory of Jahiliyyah

The Political Thought of Sayyid Qutb: The Theory of Jahiliyyah

1st Edition

Sayed Khatab
June 08, 2009

This new book takes a literary approach in its study of Sayyid Qutb, one of the most significant political thinkers for contemporary Islamists and who has greatly influenced the likes of Osama Bin Laden. Executed by the Egyptian state in 1966, his books continue to be read and his theory of...

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