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The Many Faces of Political Islam
The Many Faces of Political Islam
This paper discusses the assumptions commonly prevalent in the analysis of political Islam. It argues that the multiple manifestations of political Islam are primarily determined by discrete contexts, and that the vast majority of Islamist movements operate peacefully within constitutional constraints.
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by Mohammed Ayoob Isn.Ethz.ch
The Many Faces of Political Islam Author(s): Mohammed Ayoob
Publisher(s): S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Date of publication: 29 Dec 2006
Issue number: 119
Format: PDF
Pages: 26
URL: www.rsis.edu.sg
Series: RSIS Working Papers

Description: This paper discusses the assumptions commonly prevalent in the analysis of political Islam. It argues that the multiple manifestations of political Islam are primarily determined by discrete contexts, and that the vast majority of Islamist movements operate peacefully within constitutional constraints. The author explains that democratization leads not only to the moderation of Islamist political formations as they are forced to build coalitions, but also to their fracturing into various parties that pursue different agendas. He concludes that both the nature of regimes in the Muslim world and US foreign policy are augmenting the popularity of Islamist movements.

General note: © 2006 S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

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