Explaining Shifts in Syria's Islamist Opposition

Fred H. Lawson

in Contentious Politics in the Middle East

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034744
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039077 | DOI:
Explaining Shifts in Syria's Islamist Opposition

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Recent work on Islamist oppositions has at last recognized crucial distinctions among the diverse movements and organizations that have been active in the Middle East. The earlier image of an “Islamic wave” sweeping across the region has been superseded by a more nuanced view that attributes varying platforms and objectives, as well as divergent political and societal constituencies, to the Islamist oppositions that have taken shape in such diverse societies as Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey. Nevertheless, it remains to pay careful attention to significant shifts taking place in the character of the Islamist movement that is politically active inside each country. “Resurgent Islam” is far from monolithic, whether across geographical space or through successive moments in time.

Keywords: Islamist oppositions; Middle East; Islamic wave; Islamist oppositions; Resurgent Islam

Chapter.  7956 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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