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Democratization and Islamic Politics: A Study on the Wasat Party in Egypt

Democratization and Islamic Politics: A Study on the Wasat Party in Egypt

The aim of this article is to explore the often contradictory correlation between democratization and Islamic politics in Egypt, focusing on a new Islamic political party, the Wasat Party (Ḥizb al-Wasaṭ).

Islamist Parties : why they can’t be democratic

Islamist Parties : why they can’t be democratic

Noting Islamism’s growing appeal and strength on the ground, many Western scholars and officials have been grasping for some way to take an inclusionary approach toward it. In keeping with this desire, it has become fashionable contemptuously to dismiss the idea of insisting on clear and rigorous distinctions as “academic.”

STRATEGIES FOR ENGAGING POLITICAL ISLAM

STRATEGIES FOR ENGAGING POLITICAL ISLAM

Political Islam is the single most active political force in the Middle East today. Its future is intimately tied to that of the region. If the United States and the European Union are committed to supporting political reform in the region.

Islamist Parties : participation without power

Islamist Parties : participation without power

Over the last two decades, social and political movements grounding their ideologies in references to Islam have sought to become legal political parties in many countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

The Management of Islamic Activism: Salafis, The Muslim Brotherhood, and State Power in Jordan

The Management of Islamic Activism: Salafis, The Muslim Brotherhood, and State Power in Jordan

In his first book, The Management of Islamic Activism, Quintan Wiktorowicz examines the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis through the lens of social movement theory.

What Leads Voters to Support the Opposition under Authoritarianism ?

What Leads Voters to Support the Opposition under Authoritarianism ?

Evidence from Survey Research in Jordan

Energizing US-Syria Relations: Leveraging Ancillary Diplomatic Vehicles

Energizing US-Syria Relations: Leveraging Ancillary Diplomatic Vehicles

The prospect for greater stability in the Middle East largely hinges on the ability to bring Syria into diplomatic and security discussions as a productive stakeholder, necessitating a thaw in the less than normal state of U.S. – Syrian relations.

German Converts to Islam and Their Ambivalent Relations with Immigrant Muslims

German Converts to Islam and Their Ambivalent Relations with Immigrant Muslims

“I would never have become a Muslim if I had met Muslims before I met Islam.” I heard these words over and over again during my yearlong ethnographic research among ethnic German converts to Islam in Berlin.

Interview with Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Interview with Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Important interview about The current situation in Egypt

THE FUTURE FOR EGYPT FOLLOWING THE ELECTIONS AND THE BREAKTHROUGH OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

THE FUTURE FOR EGYPT FOLLOWING THE ELECTIONS AND THE BREAKTHROUGH OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

A little less than three months after presidential elections returned Hosni Mubarak to power (see ESISC note of 12.9.05) parliamentary elections ended in unprecedented violence.

Brotherhood overage is pure journalism, not a political deal with Al Dostour: Eissa

Brotherhood overage is pure journalism, not a political deal with Al Dostour: Eissa

CAIRO: With two court cases that target his writings, Al Dostour editor Ibrahim Eissa is also accused of being a Muslim Brotherhood ally due to the paper’s coverage of the banned group.

Hamas can set an example

Hamas can set an example

Perhaps the single most important aspect of Hamas’ overwhelming victory in Palestinian Legislative Council elections last month is that it was the first time in the contemporary history of the Middle East that democracy was exercised for real without any direct external or internal interference. The ramifications of such free elections may well reverberate around the region for years to come and might mark a new phase in the geopolitical map of the Middle East.

POLICY AND PRACTICE NOTES

POLICY AND PRACTICE NOTES

Today, virtually every government wants to be seen as a democracy, but many resist allowing the basic human rights that would make democracy meaningful because that might jeopardize their grasp on power.

POLITICAL ISLAM IN SOMALIA

POLITICAL ISLAM IN SOMALIA

A fertile ground for radical Islamic groups

Arab Reform Bulletin

Arab Reform Bulletin

Researches about the Middle East

Islam and Democracy

Islam and Democracy

Islam in politics has been asserted in many countries in the Muslim world through democratic elections. Islamist parties have gained varying degreesof political power in Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, and the occupied Palestinian territories, and have widespread influence in Morocco and Jordan.

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