Islamism and Totalitarianism: Similarities and Differences

  title={Islamism and Totalitarianism: Similarities and Differences},
  author={Michael Whine},
  journal={Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions},
  pages={54 - 72}
  • Michael Whine
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • Sociology
  • Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions
Muslim fundamentalism and Islamism are increasingly used as terms in the media and this article examines their meanings and genesis. It does so by looking at the teachings of its three primary ideologues, Hasan al-Banna, Abdul Al-Maududi and Sayid Qutb and comparing them to totalitarianism. It finds that there are substantial similarities, but also significant differences. The former involve the power of both Islamism and totalitarianism to mobilise the masses, ignoring class and religion, in… 

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