Between Dissent and Power: The Transformation of Islamic Politics in the Middle East and Asia  

Palgrave Macmillan IDE-JETRO Series

For much of the 20th century, Islamic politics appeared to lie beyond the pale of legitimate politics in many Muslim-majority states. This book brings about a more a serious understanding of Islamic politics by critically tracing the pathways by which Islamic politics has been transformed in the Middle East and Asia. Through the exploration of dissent and power it argues that Islamic politics had not been encased in ineffectual dissent even before the 'Arab Spring' took the Middle-East closer to historical trends of democratization elsewhere in the world. The findings from country-specific studies of Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia and Turkey demonstrate that Islamic politics has developed a large and resilient capacity for adaptation and reinvention not only in the Middle-East but in Asia as well. Moreover, the international spectrum of Islamic politics stretches from marginalized dissent to established government with political parties and movements competing to different degrees of success for power, frequently by electoral means. This study traces and explains the collective progression of Islamic politics between points of dissent and positions of power, a subject that has not been directly or systematically covered by the extensive literature on Islam and politics.


■ Between Dissent and Power: The Transformation of Islamic Politics in the Middle East and Asia
■ Edited by Khoo Boo Teik, Vedi R. Hadiz and Yoshihiro Nakanishi
■ £70.00
■ 282pp
■ July 2014
■ ISBN978-1-137-40879-2


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1. Islamic Politics between Dissent and Power: An Overview/ Khoo Boo Teik, Vedi R. Hadiz and Yoshihiro Nakanishi

2. Political Economy and the Explanation of the Islamic Politics in the Contemporary World/ Richard Robison

3. The Organizational Vehicles of Islamic Political Dissent: Social Bases, Genealogies and Strategies/ Vedi R. Hadiz

4. Islamic Dissent in Iran's Full-fledged Islamic Revolutionary State/ Yasuyuki Matsunaga

5. Muslimhood and Post-Islamist Power: The Turkish Example/ Jenny White

6. Survival, Triumph and Fall: The Political Transformation of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt/ Housam Darwisheh

7. Islamist Ideals and Governing Realities: Nahda's Project and the Constraint of Adaptation in Post-revolution Tunisia/ Nadia Marzouki

8. Reforming the Regime or Reforming the Dissidents? The Gradualist Dissent of Islamic Movements in Morocco/ Shoko Watanabe

9. Social Transformation and the Reinventions of Parti Islam in Malaysia/ Khoo Boo Teik

10. Political Fragmentation and Islamic Politics in Pakistan/ Yoshihiro Nakanishi

11. A Perverse Symbiosis: The State, Islam and Political Dissent in Contemporary Algeria/ Alejandro Colás

12. Morality Racketeering: Vigilantism and Populist Islamic Militancy in Indonesia/ Ian Wilson