Between Religion and Politics

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Carnegie Endowment, 2010 - Political Science - 213 pages

In recent decades, Islamist political movements in many Arab countries have strategically invested in a political process that was stacked heavily against them. And, to the surprise of many, they have actually succeeded by gaining more seats in parliaments and demonstrating their position as the only opposition movements with a popular base. Between Religion and Politics is a broad, cross-national study of Islamist parties in Arab parliamentary elections. The book focuses on those movements that have cast themselves, at least in part, as electorally oriented political parties. It probes the environment in which the movements operate, the checkered relationship between Islamists and national rulers, the Islamists' political platforms, and efforts to build alliances with other opposition groups. By examining the debates within the Islamists movements, Between Religion and Politics is able to assess the party leaders' evaluations of their political experiences and their prospects for future participation.

Contents include

• The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood: Islamist Participation in a Closing Political Environment

• Jordan and Its Islamic Movement: The Limits of Inclusion?

• Party for Justice and Development in Morocco: Participation and Its Discontents

• Pushing toward Party Politics? Kuwait's Islamic Constitutional Movement

• Between Government and Opposition: The Case of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform

• Hamas: Battling to Blend Religion, Politics, Resistance, and Governance

 

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Contents

Ch 1 Islamists in Arab Parliaments
1
Islamist Participation in a Closing Political Environment
9
The Limits of Inclusion
47
Participation and Its Discontents
79
Kuwaits Islamic Constitutional Movement
105
The Case of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform
135
Battling to Blend Religion Politics Resistance and Governance
161
Ch 8 Conclusion
181
Index
207
Back cover
217
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About the author (2010)

Nathan J. Brown is a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. He is the author of four well-received books on Arab politics, the most recent being Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords: Resuming Arab Palestine (University of California Press, 2003). Amr Hamzawy is a distinguished Egyptian political scientist who previously taught at Cairo University and the Free University of Berlin. He is coeditor, with Marina Ottaway, of Getting to Pluralism: Political Actors in the Arab World (Carnegie, 2009).