The Distinct Boundaries of Religion and Politics in Islamist Discourses In Rethinking Islamism Beyond Jihadi Violence

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Meiloud, Ahmed
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For several years now, Islamism has been associated with 'jihadism' and violent extremism both in academia and in contemporary political debates. However, this association can be misleading: Islamism has much deeper roots than 'jihadi terrorism' and it stands as a powerful and complex ideology inspiring thoughts, actions and groups all over the world. Emerging as a protest-for-justice ideology claiming freedom against Western colonisation of the Muslim world, Islamism has triggered both individuals and groups worldwide since the early 1900s. Almost as a sacred ideology based on the need to revive Islam as the only saving grace for Muslims around the world“ Islamism started to be widely associated with 'jihadism' after 9/11. Before then, Islamism was not automatically related to terrorism but to resistance. Given that terrorists are only a small and definite portion of Islamists, this volume aims to re-focus research on Islamism beyond 'jihadism' by collecting relevant contributions on Islamist but non-violent organisations. More precisely, this volume innovatively contributes to current academic debates by exploring the origins of Islamism and the differences between 'jihadism', the evolution of Islamism over time and places and the role played by the most influential non-'jihadist' Islamist organisations active today as powerful non-state actors.
Meiloud, A. (2022). The Distinct Boundaries of Religion and Politics in Islamist Discourses. In E. Orofino (Ed.), Rethinking Islamism beyond jihadi violence. Vernon Press.