By Richard C. Martin, Abbas Barzegar
As the USA struggles to appreciate Islam and Muslims at the international degree, one suggestion specifically dominates public discourse: Islamism. References to Islamism and Islamists abound within the media, in imagine tanks, and within the common research of Islam, yet evaluations fluctuate at the changes of measure and sort between these categorized Islamists. This ebook debates what precisely is expounded once we use this contentious time period in discussing Muslim faith, culture, and social clash. lead essays supply differing viewpoints: Donald ok. Emmerson argues that Islamism is an invaluable time period for a number of Muslim reform movements―very few of which suggest violence―while Daniel M. Varisco counters that the general public specter of violence and terrorism by way of Islamists too usually infects the general public perceptions of Islam extra ordinarily. Twelve commentaries, written via Muslim and non-Muslim intellectuals, enhance the talk with differing insights and views.
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Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam by Richard C. Martin, Abbas Barzegar