A Fundamental Fear

Eurocentrism and the Emergence of Islamism

S. Sayyid

A Fundamental Fear

S. Sayyid

Distributed for Zed Books

With a Foreword by Hamid Dabashi
224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781783601912 Published March 2015 For sale in North and South America only
A Fundamental Fear was written in 1997, long before 9/11 and the global rise of a new generation of Islamic fundamentalist groups. Its author, S. Sayyid, offered what we recognize now as a prescient warning of a dangerous specter he saw haunting Western civilization. His groundbreaking book offers an analysis of the conditions that have made Islamic fundamentalism possible and provides a provocative account of the ways in which Muslim identities over the last two decades have come to play an increasingly political role in the West.

Still as timely and urgent as when it was originally published, A Fundamental Fear presents the complicated story of why individuals chose to kill and be killed in the name of religion. Sayyid argues that the fear and anxiety aroused by Islamism is not a myth or a simple consequence of terrorism, but it is intricately tied to our experience of the slow collapse of the Western world order. This new edition brings this powerful book to a new readership during a time of continued crisis in the Middle East.

Foreword by Hamid Dabashi
Preface to the critique influence change edition
Preface to the second edition

Prologue: The return of the repressed
1. Framin' fundamentalism
2. Thinking Islamism, (re)thinking Islamism
3. Kemalism and politicization of Islam
4. Islam, modernity and the West
5. Islamism and the limits of the invisible empire
Epiloque: Islamism/eurocentrism


Review Quotes
Global Society
“A theoretically sophisticated attempt to read contemporary Muslim political identities as a symptom of Eurocentrism’s decline.”
Impact International
“A welcome change . . .  should be of great interest to those who wish to look at the phenomenon of political Islam and the divination of the clash between the West and the rest from a more sophisticated and theoretical angle.”
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