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Rentier Islamism in the absence of elections: The political role of Muslim brotherhood affiliates in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates

Freer, Courtney (2017) Rentier Islamism in the absence of elections: The political role of Muslim brotherhood affiliates in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 49 (3). pp. 479-500. ISSN 0020-7438

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0020743817000344

Abstract

Drawing on contemporary history and empirical research, this article revises traditional rentier state theory, which fails to account for the existence of Islamist movements in states accruing substantial outside wealth. Rentier state theory expects that citizens of such states will form opposition blocs only when their stake in rent income is threatened. Examining the development of Muslim Brotherhood affiliates in two archetypal rentier states, or super-rentiers, in the Gulf— Qatar and the United Arab Emirates—this article shows that ideology rather than rent motivated the formation of independent Islamist movements. This research helps to break the causal link established by rentier state theory between oil rents and lack of politically relevant Islamist organizations. We find that the presence of oil rents, instead of rendering Islamist complaint politically irrelevant, shapes the ways in which Islamist movements seek to influence government policies.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/internatio...
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Sets: Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2017 14:08
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 05:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83712

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