Myth and Reality in the Contemporary Islamist Movement

Fouad Zakariyya

Myth and Reality in the Contemporary Islamist Movement

Fouad Zakariyya

Distributed for Pluto Press

200 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745322476 Published June 2005 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

This classic book explores the intellectual, political and social foundations of Islamism, and current Islamist groups across the Arab and Muslim worlds.

Written by Egyptian philosopher and leading Arab intellectual, Fouad Zakariyya, and now available for the first time in English, this thoughtful book has no rival as a critical introduction to the nature of contemporary Islamism.

The book was written in the aftermath of the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, and at the height of global debates about the relevance of Islamism in contemporary Muslim societies – especially in the light of Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979.

Zakariyya offers an important analysis of the multiple voices of current Islamism. He explores various recent attempts to construct an Islamic social and political order, presenting a sustained critique of modern ideological currents and theological worldviews. He delves into the sensitive question of Shari'ah, civil society and democracy in the Arab world. Ultimately, Zakariyya argues for a secular and democratic civil society that is unconstrained by past interpretations of the Shari'ah.

Contents

Editor’s Introduction
PART ONE: SECULARISM, THE GULF STATES, AND ISLAM
Chapter One: The Contemporary Muslim and the Search for Certitude
Chapter Two: Secularism: A Civilizational Requirement
Chapter Three: Critiques of Secularism
Chapter Four: Islam and Religious Hierarchy
Chapter Five: Petro-Islam
Chapter Six: The Contemporary World According to Shaykh Sha‘rãwï
PART TWO: IN DEBATE WITH HASSAN HANAFÎ
Chapter Seven: The Future of Islamic fundamentalism
Chapter Eight: The Evaluation of the Discourse of the Contemporary Islamist Movements
Chapter Nine: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Verdict of History
PART THREE: ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SHARΑAH
Chapter Ten: An Invitation to Dialogue
Chapter Eleven: The July Revolution and the Islamic Groups
Chapter Twelve: The Implementation of Sharï‘ah: An Attempt at Comprehension
Chapter Thirteen: The Implementation of Sharï‘ah: A New Dialogue
Select Bibliography in Contemporary Arab Thought
Index

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