1. Introduction: The Islamist challenge
2. Definitions and representations: the legacy of Orientalism
3. ‘The Fanonian Impulse': Islamism as identity and ideology
4. Roots and branches: From the Muslim Brotherhood to Hamas
5. Islamists without borders: al-Qa'ida and its affiliates
6. Hezbollah: Islamism as obligation to resistance and governance
7. Bitter harvest: Algerian Islamism
8. Western Europe: Islamism as mirror image
9. Conclusion: Islamism and a fragmented quest for dignity
The Muslim World Book Review
"Crucially, Islamism compels us to critically rethink our assumptions and models for the study of Islamism and 'acknowledge the intellectual harm caused by neo-Orientalist scholarship'."
"This unique and original book provides a masterful analysis of the nature and causes of Islamism, its points of contention, and the diverse scholarly positions on these questions. Combining academic rigor with a clear and engaging style, Islamism will be an excellent textbook and a valuable resource for scholars and policy makers."
John L. Esposito, Georgetown University
"Islamism presents political Islam as one of the most powerful social movements of our time. Those who are interested in a critical and non-conventional study of Islamism will benefit greatly from reading this book."
Ali Mirsepassi, New York University
- An outstanding introduction to one of the defining ideologies of 21st century politics
- Provides a systematic guide to the complex and conflicting discourses which motivate Islamist groups including Hizballah, Al Qu’ida and Hamas
- Gives a balanced and unbiased account both of the historical rise of Islam, and of its psychological and social rationales
- Will be of interest to students as well as general readers readers interested in the political impact of Islam in the contemporary world