Islamism & Fundamentalism in the Modern World

by Lilah el-Sayed

Islamism--also called Islamic Fundamentalism or Political Islam--represents one of the most important movements in the modern Islamic world. The global Muslim community is extremely diverse, and Islamist movements have taken many forms that reflect this diversity. However, most Islamists share a few common goals. These include ridding Islam of what are seen as corrupt influences and returning the faith to what they believe is an original, "pure" form; establishing Sharia as the basic law in Muslim lands; and replacing secular governments with governments that observe the tenets of Islam. This book details the historical and political context that gave rise to modern Islamist movements and groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It also surveys fundamentalist movements in a variety of countries and regions, and outlines the ongoing challenges Islamic fundamentalism presents for the United States and its allies. Each title in this series contains color photos throughout, maps, and back matter including: a chronology, a detailed index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Text Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader's comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader's knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field."


ISBN 978-1-4222-3673-4


ISBN 978-1-4222-8111-6
7.5 x 9.5 inches
112 pages

Part of the Series: Understanding Islam

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