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Islamic Fundamentalism

(see also Jewish Fundamentalism, Christian Fundamentalism, Catholic Theocracy)

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On the Web: Articles

Fundamental Problems. Max Garrone, Salon Magazine (10/22/01). Interview w/Karen Armstrong on why Muslim nations have difficulty with democracy, & qualities shared by all forms of fundamentalism.

Sources of the problem in Saudi Wahhabism. Tariq Ali, (10/18/01). Most of bin Laden's followers from Saudi Arabia, raised in Islamic fundamentalism.

Islam is at the heart of this. Hugo Young, Guardian (10/9/01). Examines roles of Islamic fundamentalism & US imperialism in Islamic countries

Disputing the Focus on Bin Laden. Samuel G. Freedman, NY Times (10/9/01). Focus obscures "deeper, broader & thus less eradicable roots of radical Islam's assault on West"

Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi Condemns Attacks Against Civilians, Islam Online (9/13/01). Renowned Muslim scholar condems 9/11 attacks as forbidden by Islam

Profile of the Religious Right. Eqbal Ahmad, Dawn (3/7/99). Religious fundamentalisms remarkably similar, & have shared roots.

Religion in Politics. Eqbal Ahmad, Dawn (1/31/99). How Islamist "fundamentalists" relate to religious tradition they claim to cherish & represent.

Roots of the Religious Right. Eqbal Ahmad, Dawn (1/24/99). Fundamentalist Islam in Middle East & South Asia has roots in transition to modernity & anxiety produced by disruption of traditional ways of life.

On the Web: Specialized Sites

News from Muslim perspective

In the Library: Articles

Afrary, Janet. "The war against feminism in the name of the Almighty: making sense of gender & Muslim fundamentalism," New Left Review 224 (7/ 97):89-110.

Algar, Hamid. "The problem of retaliation in modern warfare from the point of view of Fiqh," in S. Rajaee (ed.) The Iran Iraq War: The Politics of Aggression (Gainesville: U. Florida, 1993).

Barclay, Harold B. "Contemporary movements of revitalization in the Muslim world," in P.D. Francis et al. (eds.) Networks of the Past (Calgary: U. Alberta, 1981).

Calvert, John. "The Islamist syndrome of cultural confrontation," Orbis 46,2 (spr 02):333-50.

Cox, Harvey. "Religion & the war against evil," Nation (12/24/01):29-31.

Dillman, Bradford. "Globalization, modernization, & the Islamic Salvation Front in Algeria," in Tétreaulx & Denemark (eds.) Gods, Guns & Globalization (Boulder: Lynn Rienner, 2004).

Ehrenreich, Barbara. "A mystery of misogyny," Progressive (dec 2001):12-13.

Gesink, Indira Falk. "'Chaos on the earth': subjective truths vs. communal unity in Islamic law & the rise of militant Islam," American Historical Review 108,3 (6/03):710-33.

Goldberg, Jeffrey. "The martyr strategy," New Yorker (7/9/01):34-39. Suicide bombing in Palestine.

___________. “In the part of God,” New Yorker (10/28/02):75-83.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck. "Current Arab paradigms for an Islamic future," in T. Siebers (ed.) Religion & the Authority of the Past (Ann Arbor, 1993), pp. 119-60.

Hodgkin, Thomas. "The revolutionary tradition in Islam," Race & Class 21 (win 1980).

Kazar, Edward & A. Chung-in Moon. "The many faces of Islamic revivalism," in R.L. Rubinstein (ed.) Spirit Matters.The Worldwide Impact of Religion on Contemporary Politics (NY, 1987), pp. 75-123.

Lewis, Bernard. "The revolt of Islam. When did the conflict with the West begin, and how could it end?" New Yorker (11/19/01):50-63.

Moghadam, Valentine M. "Rhetorics & rights of identity in Islamist movements," Journal of World History 4,2 (fall 1993):243-66.

Moubarac, Yakim. "Europe & the reawakening of Islam," Cross Currents 30,1 (spr 1980):61-70.

Munson, Henry Jr. "The ideologization of religion in response to Western domination: the cases of Hinduism, Islam & Theravada Buddhism," in R. Mathee & B. Baron (eds.) Iran & Beyond (Costa Meza CA: Mazda, 2000).

Reuveny, Rafael. "The triangle of conflict: fundamentalisms in Israel & the territories," in Tétreaulx & Denemark (eds.) Gods, Guns & Globalization (Boulder: Lynn Rienner, 2004).

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Ahmed, Akbar. Islam under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World (NY: Polity, 2003).

Al-‘Ashmawy, Muhammad Sa’id. Against Islamic Extremism (Gainesville, 2001).

Alatas, Hussein. The Democracy of Islam (The Hague, 1956).

Al-Husry, Kaldun S. Three Reformers: A Study in Modern Arab Political Thought (Beirut, 1966).

Ali, Tariq. The Clash of Fundamentalisms (London: Verso, 2001).

Appleby, R. Scott (ed.) Spokesmen for the Despised: Fundamentalist Leaders of the Middle East (Chicago, 1997).

__________. The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, & Reconciliation (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).

Armstrong, Karen. The Battle for God (NY, 2000).

Black, Antony. The History of Islamic Political Thought. From the Prophet to the Present (NY: Routledge, 2001).

Blank, Jonah. Mullahs on the Mainframe. Islam & Modernity among the Daudi Bohras (Chicago, 2001). A Shi’a "cyber-congregation" reinvigorates tradition by embracing high tech.

Buck-Morss, Susan. Thinking Past Terror: Islamism & Critical Theory on the Left (NY: Verso, 2003).

Burgat, François & William Dowell. The Islamic Movement in North Africa (Austin, 1993).

Cleveland, William L. Islam Against the West: Shakib Arslan & the Campaign for Islamic Nationalism (Austin, 1985).

Cormack, Margaret. Sacrificing the Self (Oxford, 2002).

Eickelman, Dale & James Piscatori, Muslim Politics (Princeton).

Euben, R.L. Enemy in the Mirror: Islamic Fundamentalism & the Limits of Modern Rationalism. A Work of Comparative Political Theory (?, 1999).

Esposito, John. Voices of Resurgent Islam (NY, 1983).

__________. Islam & Politics (Syracuse, 1984).

__________. Islam: The Straight Path (Oxford, 1988), esp. chap. 5.

__________. The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? (NY, 1992).

__________. Islam & Democracy (NY, 1996).

__________ (ed.) Political Islam: Revolution, Radicalism or Reform? (Boulder, 1997).

__________ & Michael Watson (eds.) Religion & Global Order (Cardiff, 2000).

__________ & Azzam Tamini (eds.) Islam & Secularism in the Middle East (NY, 2000).

__________. Islam & Civil Society (San Domenico de Fiesole, 2000).

__________. Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (NY: Oxford, 2003).

Firestone, Reuven. Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam (Oxford, 1999).

Fuller, Graham. The Future of Political Islam (NY: Palgrave, 2003).

Gerami, Shahin. Women & Fundamentalism: Islam & Christianity (Florence KY, 1995).

Gerges, Fawaz A. America & Political Islam. Clash of Cultures or Clash of Interests (Cambridge, 2001).

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck et al. The Contemporary Islamic Revival: A Critical Survey and Bibliography (NY, 1991).

__________. The Islamic Revival since 1988: A Critical Survey & Biblliography (Westport CT, 1997).

Hiro, Dilip. Holy Wars: The Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism (NY: Routledge, 1989).

Huband, Mark. Warriors of the Prophet. The Struggle for Islam (Boulder: Westview, 1999).

Jansen, G.H. Militant Islam (NY, 1979).

Juergensmeyer, Mark. The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State (Berkeley: U. California, 1993).

__________. Terror in the Mind of God. The Global Rise of Religious Violence (Berkeley, 2000).

Karim, Karim H. The Islamic Peril: Media & Global Violence (NY: Black Rose, 2003).

Keddie, Nikki R. An Islamic Response to Imperialism. Political & Religious Writings of Ayyid Jamal ad-Din "al-Afghani" (Berkeley, 1968).

Kepel, Gilles. Muslim Extremism in Egypt. The Prophet & the Pharaoh (Berkeley: U. California, 1985). Good for an introduction to the life & thought of the Islamist theorist Sayyid Qutb.

__________. Allah in the West: Islamic Movements in America & Europe (Stanford, 1997).

Kepel, Gilles. Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 2003).

Kerr, Malcolm H. Islamic Reform. The Political & Legal Theories of Muhammed Abduh & Rashid Ridá (Berkeley, 1966).

Lawrence, Bruce B. Defenders of God: The Fundamentalist Revolt Against the Modern Age (?, 1996).

__________. Shattering the Myth. Islam Beyond Violence (Princeton, 1998).

Lincoln, Bruce. Holy Terrors: Thinking About Religion after September 11 (Chicago: U. Chicago, 2002).

Marty, Martin E. & R.S. Appleby (eds.) Fundamentalisms & the State: Remaking Politics, Economies, & Militance (Chicago: U. Chicago, 1993).

Mernissi, Fatima. Islam & Democracy: Fear of the Modern World (Boulder: Perseus, 2002).

Milton-Edwards, Beverley. Islamic Fundamentalism since 1945 (NY: Routledge, 1945).

Moaddel, Mansoor & Kamran Talatoff (eds.) Contemporary Debates in Islam: An Anthology of Modernist & Fundamentalist Thought (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000).

__________ & Kamran Talattof (eds.) Modernist & Fundamentalist Debates in Islam: A Reader(NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).

__________. Islamic Modernism, Nationalism, & Fundamentalism: Episode & Discourse (Chicago: U. of Chicago, 2005). Broad in scope, including Arab countries, Iran & India & emphasizing diversity in goals & undertakings.

Munson, Henry Jr. Islam & Revolution in the Middle East (New Haven, 1988).

Parfrey, Adam (ed.) Extreme Islam: Anti-American Propaganda of Muslim Fundamentalism (LA: Feral House, 2001).

Pinto, Maria do Ceu. Political Islam & the United States: A Study of US Policy Towards Islamist Movements in the Middle East (Reading UK: Ithaca, 1999).

Rahman, Fazlur. Islam & Modernity. Transformation of an Intellectual Tradition (Chicago, 1982).

Reed, Betsy (ed.) Nothing Sacred: Women Respond to Religious Fundamentalism & Terror (NY: Nation, 2003).

Rodinson, Maxime. Marxism & the Muslim World (NY: Monthly Review, 1981).

Roy, Olivier. The Failure of Political Islam (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1994).

Shadid, Anthony. Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats & the New Politics of Islam (Boulder: Westview, 2002).

Shahin, Emad Eldin. Political Ascent: Contemporary Islamic Movements in North Africa (Boulder: Westview, 1998).

Sidahmed, Abdel Salam & Anoushiravan Ehteshami (eds.) Islamic Fundamentalism (Boulder: Westview, 1996).

Tibi, Bassam. The Challenge of Fundamentalism. Political Islam & the New World Disorder (Berkeley: U. California, 1998).

Viorst, Milton. In the Shadow of the Prophet. The Struggle for the Soul of Islam (Boulder: Westview, 2001).

Wright, Robin. Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam [1985] (rev. ed.; NY: Simon & Schuster, 2001).

In the Library: Fiction

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CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Beyond the Veil: The Conflict between the Muslim World & the West l: The Born Again Muslims" (1998), by Kanakna Documentary, 52m. From Filmakers Library.

"Beyond the Veil: The Conflict between the Muslim World & the West ll: The Holy Warriors" (1998), by Kanakna Documentary, 52m. From Filmakers Library.

"Beyond the Veil: The Conflict between the Muslim World & the West llI: The New Cold War" (1998), by Kanakna Documentary, 52m. From Filmakers Library.

"Islamic Resurgence & Holy War: the Former Soviet Union & Indonesia" [2003], dir. Kiyoshi Nanasawa & Yuichiro Ishii, 52m. From Films for the Humanities & Sciences.

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