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North African Islamism in the blinding light of 9-11

Roberts, Hugh (2003) North African Islamism in the blinding light of 9-11. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 1 (34). Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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A major element of the argument of this paper is that the outlook and behaviour of Islamist movements in the region are not adequately explained by reference merely to American (or, more broadly, Western) actions and policies, and that the phenomenon of Islamist activism in both its non-violent as well as its violent variants is the product of the complex history of the region, as well as symptomatic of a profound problem in the ideological and political life of their societies, a problem which should not be reduced to that of American (or Western) behaviour. Much the most prominent variant of this argument since '9-11' has been the thesis that 'the problem' is the particular ideological tradition from which Al-Qa'eda and Osama Bin Laden are derived, namely the religion tradition which emerged and has come to dominance in Saudi Arabia. It is the principal burden of this paper that this is profoundly wrong, and that an entirely different way of understanding the nature of the problem of contemporary Islamism is mandated by the historical evidence as well as badly needed by Western policy makers.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2003 Hugh Roberts
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2010 10:45
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 22:55

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