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Islamism: A New Totalitarianism

Mehdi Mozaffari
Islamism: A New Totalitarianism
ISBN: 978-1-62637-654-0
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ISBN: 978-1-62637-655-7
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Forthcoming April 2017/345 pages/LC: 2017010406
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"Timely and important.... a book that finally makes Islamism intelligible to Western students of history and politics."—Roger Griffin, Oxford Brookes University

"An important contribution to debates on the role of totalitarian ideologies and movements in the 21st century."—Uwe Backes, Hannah Arendt Institute, TU Dresden

From the reviews of the Danish edition:

"With its conceptual clarifications and analytical tools, [this book] opens the door to an understanding of the relation between Islam, Islamism, Islamization, and events in the Middle East."—Lone Nørgaard, Jyllands-Posten

"Takes the debate about Islamism to a new and higher level of information and reflection."—Frederik Stjernfelt, University of Copenhagen

DESCRIPTION

What exactly is Islamism? And what explains its violent expansion in recent decades? Why are Islamists so determined to change the world order? Are there similarities between Islamism and classical totalitarian regimes and ideologies? Will it fail, as those regimes did in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union—or can it adapt effectively to changing realities? What are the fundamental strengths and weaknesses of the Islamic project?

Addressing these questions within a context both historical and global, Mehdi Mozaffari provides an important new framework for understanding the full impact of Islamism in the Middle East and beyond.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mehdi Mozaffari was an anti-shah activist, but equally against Iran’s 1979 Islamist revolution—which led to his escape "from the revolution ... leaving behind my country, my birthplace, my belongings, my career at Tehran University, my friends, my family." His subsequent academic career has been motivated in no small part, as he writes, by "the thirst to understand this phenomenon that so drastically changed my life, as well as the lives of all Iranians, and even the general situation in the Middle East, with an important impact on world politics." He is now professor emeritus of political science at Aarhus University in Denmark.

CONTENTS

  • Why Is the Study of Islamism Important?
  • Ideological Roots of Islamism.
  • The Rise and Evolution of Islamism.
  • Shia Radicalization.
  • Globalization and the "Revival" of Islamic Civilization.
  • Islamism and Freedom of Expression.
  • Islamism and the Problematic of "Amity" and "Enmity."
  • Islamism and World Order.
  • Islamism: A New Totalitarianism.
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