What is Islamism? History and Definition of a Concept

  title={What is Islamism? History and Definition of a Concept},
  author={Mehdi Mozaffari},
  journal={Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions},
  pages={17 - 33}
  • M. Mozaffari
  • Published 28 February 2007
  • Sociology
  • Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions
Abstract Islamism is a complex phenomenon with multiple dimensions and various ramifications. Like other political doctrines, Islamism, in its contemporary shape, is an ‘ideology’, a ‘movement‐organisation’ and a ‘form of government’. This study is predominantly devoted to the analysis of Islamism as a totalitarian ideology. We are interested in knowing how and when this concept has been fabricated; how it has evolved and what differentiates it from ‘Islam’. Aiming at a conceptual clarification… 
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