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This book examines the Islamist concept of political order. Islamists themselves have given it the name: the Islamic state. This order is based on a new interpretation of sharia. This concept has been elevated to a political agenda. The sharia-state is analysed in the context of the 2011-uprising, dubbed Arab Spring, against authoritarian regimes. The book challenges the unchecked assumption that the seizure by Islamists of leadership in the Arab Spring is a part of the democratization of the Middle East, and of a moderation of Islamism. This unchecked assumption presupposes the compatibility of the sharia-state and democracy; the author shows why he believes this to be a fallacy.