Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-21
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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This anthology of key primary texts provides an unmatched introduction to Islamist political thought from the early twentieth century to the present, and serves as an invaluable guide through the storm of polemic, fear, and confusion that swirls around Islamism today. Roxanne Euben and Muhammad Qasim Zaman gather a broad selection of texts from influential Islamist thinkers and place these figures and their writings in their multifaceted political and historical contexts. The selections presented here in English translation include writings of Ayatollah Khomeini, Usama bin Laden, Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna, and Moroccan Islamist leader Nadia Yassine, as well as the Hamas charter, an interview with a Taliban commander, and the final testament of 9/11 hijacker Muhammad Ata.Illuminating the content and political appeal of Islamist thought, this anthology brings into sharp relief the commonalities in Islamist arguments about gender, democracy, and violence, but it also reveals significant political and theological disagreements among thinkers too often grouped together and dismissed as extremists or terrorists. No other anthology better illustrates the diversity of Islamist thought, the complexity of its intellectual and political contexts, or the variety of ways in which it relates to other intellectual and religious trends in the contemporary Muslim world.

Author Biography

Roxanne L. Euben is the Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College. Muhammad Qasim Zaman is the Robert H. Niehaus '77 Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion at Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Permissionsp. xiii
A Note on Transliteration, Spelling, and Other Conventionsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Islamism: An Emergent Worldview
p. 49
Toward the Lightp. 56
p. 79
The Islamic Lawp. 86
p. 107
Muslim Decadence and Revivalp. 112
p. 129
Signposts along the Roadp. 136
In the Shade of the Qur'anp. 145
Remaking the Islamic State
p. 155
Islamic Governmentp. 163
p. 181
The General Framework of the Islamic Economyp. 186
p. 207
The Islamic Statep. 213
p. 224
Islam and Democracyp. 230
Islamism and Gender
p. 249
The Human Status of Woman in the Qur'anp. 254
p. 275
An Islamist Activistp. 283
From Days of My Life, chapter 2p. 288
p. 302
Modernity, Muslim Women, and Politics in the Mediterraneanp. 311
Violence, Action, and Jihad
p. 321
The Neglected Dutyp. 327
p. 344
The Present Rulers and Islam: Are They Muslims or Not?p. 350
p. 356
Charter of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) of Palestinep. 364
p. 387
Islamic Unity and Political Changep. 394
September 11th, Terrorism, Islam, and the Intifadap. 403
The Talibanp. 409
A New Layeha for the Mujahidinp. 415
An Interview with a Taliban Commanderp. 418
Globalizing Jihad
p. 425
Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Placesp. 436
p. 460
Final Instructionsp. 466
Glossaryp. 473
Bibliographyp. 479
Indexp. 501
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