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Islamic Activism
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"... [Will] have an impact on two important fields of scholarship: social movement theory and the study of Islamic activist movements." -- John Voll, Georgetown University

This volume represents the first comprehensive attempt to incorporate the study of Islamic activism into social movement theory. It argues that the dynamics, processes, and organization of Islamic activism can be understood as important elements of contention that transcend the specificity of "Islam" as a system of meaning and identity and a basis for collective action. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, the contributors show how social movement theory can be utilized to address a wide range of questions about the mobilization of contention in support of Muslim causes. The book covers myriad examples of Islamic activism (Sunni and Shi'a) in eight countries (Arab and non-Arab), including case studies of violence and contention, networks and alliances, and culture and framing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction Islamic Activism and Social Movement Theory
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. Part I Violence and Contention
  2. p. 35
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  1. One From Marginalization to Massacres A Political Process Explanation of GIA Violence in Algeria
  2. pp. 37-60
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  1. Two Violence as Contentionin the Egyptian Islamic Movement
  2. pp. 61-88
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  1. Three Repertoires of Contention in Contemporary Bahrain
  2. pp. 89-111
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  1. Four Hamas as Social Movement
  2. pp. 112-140
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  1. Part II Networks and Alliances
  2. p. 141
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  1. Five The Networked World of Islamist Social Movements
  2. pp. 143-163
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  1. Six Islamist Women in Yemen Informal Nodes of Activism
  2. pp. 164-184
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  1. Seven Collective Action with and without Islam Mobilizing the Bazaar in Iran
  2. pp. 185-204
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  1. Eight The Islah Party in Yemen Political Opportunities and Coalition Building in a Transitional Polity
  2. pp. 205-228
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  1. Part II Culture and Framing
  2. p. 229
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  1. NineInterests, Ideas, and IslamistOutreach in Egypt
  2. pp. 231-249
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  1. Ten Making Conversation Permissible Islamism and Reform in Saudi Arabia
  2. pp. 250-269
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  1. Eleven Opportunity Spaces, Identity, and Islamic Meaning in Turkey
  2. pp. 270-288
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  1. Conclusion Social Movement Theoryand Islamic Studies
  2. pp. 289-304
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 305-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-316
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