Islam vs. Islamism The Dilemma of the Muslim World

ISBN-10: 0275990788
ISBN-13: 9780275990787
Edition: 2006
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List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Islam vs. Islamism introduces the reader to the Islamic world, to its diversity and conflicts, and to possible solutions to those conflicts. Steering clear of either "Islamophilia" or Muslim-bashing, yet avoiding blandness, Demant explains the origins of Islam, its history, and its position in today's world. After a period of extraordinary expansion and creativity, and a long sequel of decline, the Islamic world is now in deep crisis, caused by Islam's unhappy encounter with the West and its modernity. Islamic societies have tried a variety of approaches to escape from their predicament, but the result has only been to deepen Muslim powerlessness and Muslims' feelings of frustration. Then came Islamism (Islamic fundamentalism) with its revolutionary but antimodern proposal to refashion Muslim society after the Prophet's original model. Islamism has had unsettling results, first in Islam's heartlands, then along its multiple frontiers, and finally in confrontation with the West itself. Among the outcomes has been an ascending wave of terrorism. But violence is not the whole story. Extremism represents no more than a minority within Islam. Although co-existence with violent fundamentalists is a hopeless task, the questions Islamists raise are serious and evoke echoes in the hearts of many more Muslims. To prevent a war of civilizations, dialogue with the moderate majority of Muslims is more urgent than ever. This book is one step on that long road.

PETER R. DEMANT is Professor of History at Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he lectures in international relations and contemporary Asian history. From 1991 to 1999 he lived in Jerusalem, where he was senior research associate at the Harry S Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a specialist in Middle Eastern and Islamic affairs.

Islam in time
Islam in space : Islam's expansion outside the Middle East
Islam among others : the Muslim diasporas
The other in Islam : minorities and women
Islam and (post)modernity
1967-1981 : the first Islamist wave : Qutb's Egypt and the Sunni Jihad
The 1980s : the second Islamist wave : Shiite interlude
1991-2001 : the third Islamist wave : the seven marks of current Islamism
What do the Islamists want?
Causes of Islamism
Islam and the West : clash of civilizations or transcultural dialogue?
The future of Islam : five dilemmas

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