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Revolutionaries and reformers : contemporary Islamist movements in the Middle East
Rubin, Barry M.
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Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2003]

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xi, 231 pages ; 23 cm
Why radical Muslims aren't taking over governments / Emmanuel Sivan -- Radical Islam in Egypt : a comparison of two groups / David Zeidan -- The development of Palestinian Islamic groups / Reuven Paz -- Radical Islamist movements in Turkey / Ely Karmon -- Islamism and the state in North Africa / Bruce Maddy-Weitzman and Meir Litvak -- Hizballah : between armed struggle and domestic politics / Eyal Zisser -- Balancing state and society : the Islamic movement in Kuwait / Shafeeq N. Ghabra -- The rise of the last Islamist movement in Turkey / Nilufer Narli.

Fethullah Gulen and his liberal 'Turkish Islam' movement / Bulent Aras and Omer Caha -- Islam and democracy / Ali R. Abootalebi -- Mediating Middle East conflicts : an alternative approach / Geore E. Irani -- Liberal Islam : prospects and challenges / Charles Kurzman -- Inside the Islamic reformation / Dale F. Eickelman -- Islamist movements in the Middle East : a survey and balance sheet / Barry Rubin.
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Looks at Islamist movements seeking power today, and the difficult choices they face.

Author Notes

Barry Rubin is Director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs Journal. He is the author of many books, including most recently, The Transformation of Palestinian Politics: From Revolution to State-Building, and the editor of many more, including (with Ian S. Lustick) Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Politics, and Culture: Books on Israel, Volume II, also published by SUNY Press.

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This is one of the better collections on this theme. The editor is well known for his prolific writings on Middle East politics and is also editor of a good Internet journal, the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA.) What makes this collection particularly useful is its case studies of Islamic radicalism in Egypt, Palestine, Kuwait, and Turkey, and of the transnational Hezbollah (fueled by Iran, and also active in Lebanon and Palestine). Unfortunately, the book went to press too late to assess the new Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but the three contributions on Turkey show why an earlier, Islamicist government fell and why the new governing party, the Peace and Development Party (AKP), while elected on a moderate Islamic platform, must tread gingerly to avoid rousing Turkey's military lion. Also particularly interesting and provocative is Emmanuel Sivan's excellent essay "Why Radical Muslims Aren't Taking Over Governments," a question that even the movements themselves have been unwilling to address publicly. Their dilemma is similar to the one perennially faced by many Western communist parties, which could never face the reality of their own political incompetence and consequent marginalization. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Advanced students, scholars of Middle East affairs, and the informed public. V. T. Le Vine emeritus, Washington University

Table of Contents

Emmanuel SivanDavid ZeidanReuven PazEly KarmonBruce Maddy-Weitzman and Meir LitvakEyal ZisserShafeeq N. GhabraNilufer Narli
Prefacep. vii
1 Why Radical Muslims Aren't Taking Over Governmentsp. 1
2 Radical Islam in Egypt: A Comparison of Two Groupsp. 11
3 The Development of Palestinian Islamic Groupsp. 23
4 Radical Islamist Movements in Turkeyp. 41
5 Islamism and the State in North Africap. 69
6 Hizballah: Between Armed Struggle and Domestic Politicsp. 91
7 Balancing State and Society: The Islamic Movement in Kuwaitp. 105
8 The Rise of the Islamist Movement in Turkeyp. 125