Broken Boundaries and the Politics of Fear

Gregory Starrett

in Putting Islam to Work

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780520209268
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919303 | DOI:
Broken Boundaries and the Politics of Fear

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This chapter discusses how many Egyptian intellectuals and journalists explain the rise of activist Islam. It first considers beliefs and commitments as expressions of either psychopathology or of structural contradictions, and the historical materialist dialectic that urges cognitive frameworks from the struggles between social classes. The chapter next studies the importance of intellectual goods, the standard theory of social action, and the concept of “Political Islam.” It also argues that the ideas held by the indigenous and foreign elites about Islam and education in modern society have been core elements in modern public policy formation, as well as in the state's ineffective and halting strategies for counteracting its Islamic political opposition.

Keywords: activist Islam; structural contradictions; materialist dialectic; cognitive frameworks; intellectual goods; social action; Political Islam; public policy formation; political opposition

Chapter.  11726 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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