This book is an accessible and comprehensive account of the international and global dimensions of political Islam in the twenty-first century. Drawing on insights from international relations and Islamic studies, it explains the complex interaction between political Islam, nationalism and globalisation and demonstrates how this transcends any simplified model of a 'clash of civilizations'. The book illuminates the theory with a number of detailed case studies of the Arab Middle east, Central & South Asia, Southeast Asia and Islam in Europe and North America. It also provides a detailed account of Al-Qaeda as a transnational network. Subjects covered by the book include: * history of political Islam * how political Islam interacts with the nation state and the global economy * the cultural and identity politics of Islam * a wide variety of international case studies * Profiles of key movements and individuals. Fully illustrated throughout, featuring maps, a glossary and suggestions for further reading, this is the ideal introduction to the crucial role of political Islam in the contemporary world.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Thinking about Islam and Politics in Global Perspective 2. Islam and Politics: History and Key Concepts 3. State Formation and the Making of Islamism 4. Islam in the System: The Evolution of Islamism as Political Strategy 5. Islam as the System: Islamic States and "Islamization" from Above 6. Islam for Lack of a System: Islamism in Weak and Failed States 7. Radical Islamism and Jihad Beyond the Nation-State 8. Muslim Transnationalism: Brotherhoods, Networks Diasporas 9. Who Speaks for Islam? Religious Authority in the Global Umma 10. Beyond Islamism: Globalization and Muslim Politics. Appendix: Key Economic and Political Indicators for Muslim Countries
Peter Mandaville is Associate Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, USA. He is the author of Transnational Muslim Politics: Re-imagining the umma and has also co-edited several volumes of essays. Research interests include the impact of globalization in the Muslim world, theories of cosmopolitanism, and global development.