Islamism and Totalitarianism

  title={Islamism and Totalitarianism},
  author={Jeffrey M. Bale},
  journal={Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions},
  pages={73 - 96}
  • J. Bale
  • Published 1 June 2009
  • Political Science
  • Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions
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