Special Issue "Islamist Movements in the Middle East"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2021) | Viewed by 11599
Interests: Modern history of the Middle East and North Africa; religious-political movements; contemporary political history; religion and politics; Islam; Egypt; the GCC countries; Iran; CIMS; Gulf
In virtually every country of the Middle East, Islamist movements have long been central to political and social development. Their critical—and highly contested—role came into sharp focus during and in the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprisings, which shook the established political order in the region to its foundations. Despite the major authoritarian rollback and counterrevolutionary wave sweeping the region in recent years, the uprisings produced seismic shifts in perceived power relations and uprooted myths of stability. The legacies and repercussions of the Arab Spring are still unfolding, confronting the region’s Islamists not only with extreme repression but also with new opportunities. As a result, one has witnessed both fragmentation and pluralisation of Islamist movements, and a repositioning of individual movements.
In this Special Issue, we invite contributions that will improve our understanding of these developments by investigating Islamist movements in the Middle East along two main axes:
- synchronically, across countries and the various categories of movements, with a focus on developments since 2011;
- diachronically, through historical case studies, revisiting key issues in the earlier history of Islamism which are pivotal to our understanding of these movements.
Thematically, along both these axes, authors are encouraged to focus on one of two central topics:
1. How have Islamist movements over time and across national, sectarian and intra-Islamist ideological boundaries dealt with the question of democracy and power sharing? How have they envisaged the ideal form of political rule? How do they view the relationship between Sharia as God-given law and the legislative power of elected parliaments? What are their views on equal rights for women and for religious minorities?
2. How have the same movements understood the question of under which circumstances it is legitimate to apply violent actions for political purposes? How have they related to militant or “jihadi” Islamist movements over the past few decades, and to what degree has the proliferation of jihadism influenced contemporary mainstream Islamist movements?
The editors invite empirically informed case studies from the Middle East and North Africa, especially studies based on new or understudied primary sources.
Prof. Dr. Bjørn Olav Utvik
Prof. Dr. Brynjar Lia
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- Islamist movements
- Middle East
- Arab Spring
- equal rights