Perpetual struggle: The significance of arab-israeli conflict for islamists

Beverley Milton-Edwards*

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The contemporary resurgence of Islam, which in turn led to the genesis and rise of Islamism as a political expression of the Muslim faith, highlights a new era of political struggle to change the status quo in many authoritarian regimes in the Muslim world and challenge Western liberal democracy as a blueprint for governance of the modern nation-state. The priority for such Islamist ideologues and movements in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries has been to bring about, through revolution if necessary, the establishment of Islamic states or Muslimruled states and governance founded on the principal tenets of Islam and shaped by shari’a law. Today the phenomenon of Islamism is thus widely perceived in many non-Muslim discourses and policy-shaping debates as a direct threat to the modern nation-state and political systems of the Arab world, as well as other domains such as Afghanistan and Pakistan. Hence political Islam or Islamism has become essential to current analyses of global politics, international relations, the Middle East and relations between Islam and the West.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Political Islam
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781136577239
ISBN (Print)9781138577824
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2012

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2012, 2018 selection and editorial matter, Shahram Akbarzadeh.

Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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