Islamic Movements in the Middle East: Ideologies, Practices and Political Participation

P R Kumaraswamy • Md. Muddassir Quamar • Manjari Singh

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Islam is integral to the societies in the Middle East. It is part of people’s faith, cultural expressions, and social constructions, and a source of law and political legitimacy. In modern times, Islam re-emerged as a significant tool for political mobilisation and in the wake of the Arab Spring these movements have become more popular and have expanded their political space in the whole region. Islamic Movements in the Middle East traces their origin, evolution, ideologies, practices, and analyses their political participation. It is an effort to provide an Indian understanding of Islamic movements in the Middle East.

P R Kumaraswamy • Md. Muddassir Quamar • Manjari Singh P R Kumaraswamy is a professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and Honorary Director of Middle East Institute, New Delhi.

Md. Muddassir Quamar is Associate Fellow in the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi.

Manjari Singh is Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Fellow and has submitted her doctoral thesis in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.



1. Introduction

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3. Islamic Constitutional Movement of Kuwait
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4. Role of Student Activism in Iran’s Green Movement
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5. On the Walls of the Iranian Revolution
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6. The Houthis of Yemen: An Overview
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7. Post-Revolution Tunisia and Ennahda
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8. Secular-Religious Tension in Tunisia Since 2011
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9. Political Economy, Governance and Islamists:
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10. Islamic Movement in Israel: From Secrecy to Political Participation
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11. The Gulen Movement in Turkey
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12. Knesset Elections and the Islamic Movement in Israel
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