Islam and Politics

Islam and Politics

Islam and Politics

Islam and Politics

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Three years have elapsed since I completed the first edition of Islam and Politics. "Islamic politics" have continued to influence events in the Middle East and the West. Islamic organizations and political activists from Morocco and Tunisia to Indonesia and the Southern Philippines remain a potent force for political and social change. On the one hand, moderate Islamic organizations have continued to grow and to influence many national elections. During the past few years Muslim Brotherhood candidates have successfully run for political office in Egypt, the Sudan, and Jordan while other Islamic organizations have had mixed results in Kuwait, Pakistan, and Malaysia. In the Sudan and Malaysia, leaders of Islamic organizations moved from members of the opposition to cabinet-level positions in government. Dr. Hassan Turabi of the Sudan's Muslim Brotherhood served first as Attorney General and subsequently Presidential Adviser on Foreign Affairs. Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia, has served as Minister of Youth and Culture, Minister of Agriculture, and most recently in the important role of Minister of Education. On the other hand, radical extremists in Lebanon, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Egypt have challenged incumbent governments, often engaging in kidnapping, highjacking, suicide bombings, and other forms of violence.

Among the more significant areas of Islamic political activity during the 1980s, not covered previously in this volume, have been the Sudan and Lebanon. In response to events which have occurred since the first publication of this volume, this revision will update major developments in several of those countries emphasized in the . . .

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