Islamism, Revolution, and Civil Society

  title={Islamism, Revolution, and Civil Society},
  author={Sheri Berman},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={257 - 272}
  • Sheri Berman
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • Political Science
  • Perspectives on Politics
Over recent decades, Islamism—the belief that Islam should guide social and political as well as personal life—has become a powerful force throughout much of the Muslim world. Through a discussion of the Egyptian case, this essay shows how the rise of Islamism can be illuminated by findings of the literatures on revolution and civil society, and vice versa. As many leading theories on revolutions would predict, the necessary precondition for Islamism's rise has been the declining efficacy and… 

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