The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism: A Study in Islamic Political Thought

Mura, Andrea. 2015. The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism: A Study in Islamic Political Thought. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781472443892 [Book]

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The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism initiates a dialogue between the discourse of three of the most discussed figures in the history of the Sunni Islamic movement—Hasan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb, and Osama bin Laden—and contemporary debates across religion and political theory, providing a crucial foundation upon which to situate current developments in world politics. Redressing the inefficiency of the terms in which the debate on Islam and Islamism is generally conducted, the book examines the role played by tradition, modernity, and transmodernity as major "symbolic scenarios" of Islamist discourses, highlighting the internal complexity and dynamism of Islamism. By uncovering forms of knowledge that have hitherto gone unnoticed or have been marginalised by traditional and dominant approaches to politics, accounting for central political ideas in non-Western sources and in the Global South, the book provides a unique contribution towards rethinking the nature of citizenship, antagonism, space, and frontiers required today. While offering valuable reading for scholars of Islamic studies, religious studies and politics, it provides a critical perspective for academics with an interest in discourse theory, post-colonial theory, political philosophy, and comparative political thought.

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Islam, Islamism, Islamic thought, Discourse Theory, Modernity

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Politics > Centre for Postcolonial Studies


28 August 2015

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05 Jan 2017 17:50

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08 Mar 2021 11:14


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