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Understanding Islamism

Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. DOI: Tibi Published Political Science. In this important and illuminating book, Bassam Tibi, a senior scholar of Islamic politics, provides a corrective to this dangerous gap in our understanding. View PDF. Save to Library.

The goal is to explore the multifarious debates around Islamism, highlighting the views of proponents and antagonists alike. Islamism takes many forms. It is a complex, multi-faceted and protean ideology. In just the same way as other ideological movements — such as communism — presented in a variety of ways, determined by context, the personalities involved and ideological outlook, so the same is true of Islamism. Some Islamists reject the socio-political status quo in absolute terms, and encourage a resort to revolutionary violence; many more do not. Nevertheless, there are multiple modes of activism which can reasonably be identified — analytically rather than pejoratively — as Islamist.

Islamist Parties and Democracy: Going Back to the Origins

Islam portal. Islamism is a concept whose meaning has been debated in both public and academic contexts. It is commonly used interchangeably with the terms such as political Islam or Islamic fundamentalism , giving this term more than one sense and referring to different concepts. In the Muslim world, the term has positive connotations among its proponents. Different currents of Islamist thought include advocating a "revolutionary" strategy of Islamizing society through exercise of state power, and alternately a "reformist" strategy to re-Islamizing society through grass-roots social and political activism. Graham Fuller has argued for a broader notion of Islamism as a form of identity politics , involving "support for [Muslim] identity, authenticity, broader regionalism, revivalism, [and] revitalization of the community.


Islamism and Islam. Bassam Tibi Read Online · Download PDF. Save. Cite this Item What is the difference between Islamism and Islam? The essential answer is that Islamism is about political order, not faith. Nonetheless, Islamism is.


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In this chapter Islamism is viewed as a variety of religious fundamentalism. The religion of Islam must be differentiated from the many varieties of Islamism as political ideology. In view of the developments in the post-bipolar Middle East, there is a clear connection between fundamentalism and security.

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Until recently, the very idea of an Islamist political party would have appeared a contradiction in terms. But how much does the modern Islamist party represent a departure from traditional Islamism versus a tactical retreat in the face of powerful secularist regimes?

Islamism and Islam

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This article operates on the distinction between Islamism and Islam and asks questions about how this is handled in Western studies. Islam is a religion and a civilization that deserves respect, while Islamism is a political ideology to be subjected to critical inquiry. The article is based on the enlightened Muslim thought that dissociates Islamic faith from its use as a legitimation in politics. The article shares also the dismissal of orientalism and Islamophobia, but it is critical of the instrumental use of both to silence criticism, as well as their reversal into the other extreme of an orientalism in reverse Islamophilia. I argue that the prevailing analysis in Western scholarship on Islam not only ignores the distinction between Islamism and Islam but also falls into the trap of this reversal.

Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal

How to make sense of the globalized forms of violent militancy and of politics that have been generated by Islamism in recent years? The books reviewed here all seek to uncover the general trends underpinning this phenomenon and to explain its implications for Muslim communities, the Muslim world, and the international system. Approaching this issue from different angles—security studies, sociology, religious studies, postcolonial studies—they all seek to dispel some of the misunderstandings regarding the contemporary dynamics of Islamism. These efforts are in themselves worthy of praise in a policy and academic environment where crude over-generalizations about political Islam remain a common occurrence.