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Islam, the people and the state : political ideas and movements in the Middle East

Author: Sami Zubaida
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New 3rd edView all editions and formats
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"Sam Zubaida unpicks the phenomena which have come to define the Middle East in popular imagination: radical religious movements like the Muslim Brotherhood, authoritarian dynasties like the Sauds, anti-Western demagogues like Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinegad. He shows that, far from being an expression of the 'essential' character of an 'Islamic' region, they are produced by a series of historical, cultural and economic  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sami Zubaida
ISBN: 9781845118235 1845118235
OCLC Number: 317662300
Description: xxxii, 192 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction to the third edition --
The ideological preconditions for Khomeini's doctrine of government --
The quest for the Islamic state: Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran --
Classes as political actors in the Iranian revolution --
Class and community in urban politics --
Components of popular culture in the Middle East --
The nation state in the Middle East.
Responsibility: Sami Zubaida.

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"Sam Zubaida unpicks the phenomena which have come to define the Middle East in popular imagination: radical religious movements like the Muslim Brotherhood, authoritarian dynasties like the Sauds, anti-Western demagogues like Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinegad. He shows that, far from being an expression of the 'essential' character of an 'Islamic' region, they are produced by a series of historical, cultural and economic processes. He highlights the historical, religious and cultural diversity of the region, and argues persuasively against viewing it through the prism of Islam. He shows that movements such as Hezbollah and Hamas are not a rejection of modernity but a part of it. In a new chapter, he probes the 'Islamisation' of the region which is alleged to have taken place in recent years and argues that a superfical increase of religious symbols in public life masks a more fundamental and irreversible process of secularization."--Jacket.
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