Key Islamic Political Actors and Islam and Politics around the World, by John L Esposito and Emad Shahin,

Two new publications co-authored by ACMCU Founding Director John L Esposito

Islam and Politics Around the World

Islam and Politics Around the World
Edited by John L. Esposito and Emad El-Din Shahin

  • Provides a comprehensive analysis of the interaction of Islam and politics across the globe
  • Includes an introduction and essays from leading scholars in the field
  • Offers a counter to superficial and sensationalist understandings of Islam

Islam has become a potent political force around the world since it reemerged in the late 1960's and 1970's as a religio-political alternative to failed nationalist ideologies. In countries throughout the world, individuals and movements have attempted to reconstruct the political, economic, and social dimensions of their societies along Islamic lines, taking different approaches to the shari`a and to the questions of whether and how to establish an Islamic state. 

Islam and Politics Around the World is a comprehensive and analytical examination of Islam and politics in a rapidly changing and globalizing world. Its case studies provide overviews of the development and interaction of Islam and politics in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, and across Asia and Africa. Taken together, these essays provide readers with an illuminating and in-depth overview of the state of political Islam today.

Key Islamic Political Thinkers

Key Islamic Political Thinkers
Edited by John L. Esposito and Emad El-Din Shahin

  • Provides a guide to key Muslim intellectual figures from various schools of contemporary political Islam
  • Includes an introduction and essays from leading scholars in the field
  • Offers a counter to superficial and sensationalist understandings of Islam

Islam has become a potent political force around the world since it reemerged in the late 1960's and 1970's as a religio-political alternative to failed nationalist ideologies. In countries throughout the world, individuals and movements have attempted to reconstruct the political, economic, and social dimensions of their societies along Islamic lines, taking different approaches to the shari`a and to the questions of whether and how to establish an Islamic state. 

Key Islamic Political Thinkers offers an examination of some of the leading intellectuals behind the resurgence of political Islam. The essays in this volume cover a selection of thinkers that is representative of the main strands of contemporary Muslim political thought. It starts with the forefathers of contemporary political Islam, Hasan al-Banna and Abu al A`la al-Mawdudi, analyzes the revolutionary ideas of Sayyid Qutb, Ali Shari`ati, and Ayatollah Khomeini, and ends with the "intellectuals" of political Islam, Hassan al-Turabi, Rashid al-Ghannoushi, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Muhammad Khatami, and Abdolkarim Soroush, who exemplify the diversity and complexity of contemporary Muslim political discourse. This volume provides a valuable guide to the most important intellectual architects of the Islamic revival.