A Genealogical Inquiry into Early Islamism: The Discourse of Hasan al-Banna

Mura, Andrea. 2012. A Genealogical Inquiry into Early Islamism: The Discourse of Hasan al-Banna. Journal of Political Ideologies, 17(1), pp. 61-85. ISSN 1356-9317 [Article]

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This article inquires into the ideological vision of Hasan al-Banna (1906–1949), one of the most influential figures of Islamist thought. By assuming a discourse theory perspective, I argue that al-Banna’s Islamist discourse was genealogically caught between a traditional pan-Islamic vocation and modern ways of articulating political discourse, such as nationalism and Arab nationalism. Following the traumatic encounter between tradition and modernity that colonialism enacted, al-Banna increasingly integrated and valourized modern national ‘signifiers’, downplaying early universalistic ethos. This denoted a growing reliance on the language of modernity over the language of tradition, though such reliance was instrumental to al-Banna’s anti-imperialist political project, entailing the very preservation of tradition as a moderator principle in the appropriation of modernity.

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1 January 2012Accepted
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