Face to Face with Political Islam (Paperback)

By Francois Burgat

I. B. Tauris & Company, 9781860642135, 248pp.

Publication Date: February 8, 2003

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Hardcover (11/21/2002)

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The portrayal of Islamic movements as a tide of religious fanaticism threatening the West, and major participants in the coming "clash of civilizations", has provoked a multifaceted debate of great significance to the future of international relations. This text argues that political Islam's desire to restore a culture distorted by colonization does not necessarily compromise its progress to more democracy and greater tolerance. From Rabat to Gaza, through Algiers and Cairo, the author carried out his enquiry through interviews with prominent Islamists, and he allows them to speak for themselves in the book. Among the issues addressed are the relationship between Islam and modernity, Islamism and women, and questions of violence.

About the Author

Francois Burgat, a political scientist and Arabist, is Researcher at the CNRS in Paris. Having spent 7 years in Algeria, and a further 5 years in Egypt working on this book, he now directs the Centre Francais d'Archeologie et de Sciences Sociales in Sana'a, Yemen.

Praise For Face to Face with Political Islam

"...issues addressed are the relationship between Islam and modernity, Islamism and women and the question of violence."--Fred Rhodes, The Middle East Journal

"Extraordinarily salutary reading. . . it helps to show the movement that is political Islamism as it really is - a challenge to all our certainties, received ideas and 'universal' and 'absolute' truths." -Mouna Naim, Le Monde