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Routledge Studies in Political Islam

  1. Religious Authority and Political Thought in Twelver Shi'ism

    From Ali to Post-Khomeini

    By Hamid Mavani

    Series: Routledge Studies in Political Islam

    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...

    Published June 6th 2013 by Routledge

  2. The Essence of Islamist Extremism

    Recognition through Violence, Freedom through Death

    By Irm Haleem

    Series: Routledge Studies in Political Islam

    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...

    Published November 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  3. Islamic Revivalism in Syria

    The Rise and Fall of Ba'thist Secularism

    By Line Khatib

    Series: Routledge Studies in Political Islam

    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...

    Published June 26th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Islam and Political Reform in Saudi Arabia

    The Quest for Political Change and Reform

    By Mansoor Jassem Alshamsi

    Series: Routledge Studies in Political Islam

    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....

    Published August 24th 2010 by Routledge

  5. The Muslim Brotherhood

    Hasan al-Hudaybi and ideology

    By Barbara Zollner

    Series: Routledge Studies in Political Islam

    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...

    Published October 27th 2008 by Routledge

  6. Democracy In Islam

    By Sayed Khatab, Gary D. Bouma

    Series: Routledge Studies in Political Islam

    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...

    Published June 20th 2007 by Routledge

  7. The Political Thought of Sayyid Qutb

    The Theory of Jahiliyyah

    By Sayed Khatab

    Series: Routledge Studies in Political Islam

    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...

    Published January 22nd 2006 by Routledge

  8. The Power of Sovereignty

    The Political and Ideological Philosophy of Sayyid Qutb

    By Sayed Khatab

    Series: Routledge Studies in Political Islam

    The Power of Sovereignty explores the religio-political and philosophical concepts of Sayyid Qutb, one of the most influential 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...

    Published January 10th 2006 by Routledge