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The Resource Temptations of power : Islamists and illiberal democracy in a new Middle East, by Shadi Hamid

Temptations of power : Islamists and illiberal democracy in a new Middle East, by Shadi Hamid

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Temptations of power : Islamists and illiberal democracy in a new Middle East
Title
Temptations of power
Title remainder
Islamists and illiberal democracy in a new Middle East
Statement of responsibility
by Shadi Hamid
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Temptations of Power, noted Brookings scholar Shadi Hamid draws on hundreds of interviews with Islamist leaders and rank-and-file activists to offer an in-depth look at the past, present, and future of Islamist parties across the Arab world. The oldest and most influential of these groups, the Muslim Brotherhood, initially dismissed democracy as a foreign import, but eventually chose to participate in Egyptian and Jordanian party politics in the 1980s. These political openings proved short-lived. As repression intensified, though, Islamist parties did not -- as one may have expected -- turn to radicalism. Rather, they embraced the tenets of democratic life, putting aside their dreams of an Islamic state, striking alliances with secular parties, and reaching out to Western audiences for the first time. When the 2011 revolutions took place, Islamists found themselves in an enviable position, but one they were unprepared for. Up until then, the prospect of power had seemed too remote. But, now, freed from repression and with the political arena wide open, they found themselves with an unprecedented opportunity to put their ideas into practice across the region. Groups like the Brotherhood combine the features of political parties and religious movements. However pragmatic they may be, their ultimate goal remains the Islamization of society and the state. When the electorate they represent is conservative as well, they can push their own form of illiberal democracy while insisting they are carrying out the popular will. This can lead to overreach and, at times, significant backlash, as the tragic events in Egypt following the military takeover demonstrated. While the coup and the subsequent crackdown were a devastating blow for the Islamist "project," premature obituaries of political Islam, a running feature of commentary since the 1950s, usually turn out to be just that -- premature. In countries as diverse as Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Egypt, and Yemen, Islamist groups will remain an important force whether in the ranks of opposition or the halls of power. Drawing from interviews with figures like ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, Hamid's account will serve as an essential compass for those trying to understand where the region's varied Islamist groups have come from, and where they might be headed
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DLC
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1983-
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Hamid, Shadi
Dewey number
324.2/1820956
Index
index present
LC call number
BP173.7
LC item number
H3555 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Islam and politics
  • Islamic fundamentalism
  • Democracy
  • Revolutions
  • Middle East
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Temptations of power : Islamists and illiberal democracy in a new Middle East, by Shadi Hamid
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Islamists in Transition -- Can Repression Force Islamist Moderation? -- The Promise of Politics -- The Turn to Repression -- Learning to Lose -- Chronicle of a Coup Foretold -- Illiberal Democrats -- A Tunisian Exception? -- The Past and Future of Political Islam
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 269 pages
Isbn
9780199314058
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013035230
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • ocn859298316
  • (OCoLC)859298316
Label
Temptations of power : Islamists and illiberal democracy in a new Middle East, by Shadi Hamid
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Islamists in Transition -- Can Repression Force Islamist Moderation? -- The Promise of Politics -- The Turn to Repression -- Learning to Lose -- Chronicle of a Coup Foretold -- Illiberal Democrats -- A Tunisian Exception? -- The Past and Future of Political Islam
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
ix, 269 pages
Isbn
9780199314058
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013035230
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • ocn859298316
  • (OCoLC)859298316

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