Changing Islam, Changing the World: Contrasting Visions Within Political Islam

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How do political Islamists, movements and thinkers view political change? To what extent do they promote violence as a means of bringing about change? Are they themselves willing to change and adapt to modern political systems? There is a wide array of movements in the Muslim world that grapple with these questions and as a consequence, numerous answers and disagreements. This paper will focus on three cardinal and contested issues: Is violence a legitimate means to bring about change? Is it legitimate to adopt Western political institutions? How should Muslim movements and regimes coexist with ancient political entities such as tribes and ethnic groups? By comparing and contrasting the political outlooks of the Muslim Brothers and the Salafi-Jihadis, the article highlights the ideological gaps between moderate and militant political Islam.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2077-2095
Number of pages19
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number12
StatePublished - 6 Feb 2017


  • Muslim Brothers
  • Political Islam
  • Salafi-Jihadis
  • Sayyid Qutb
  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi
  • nation-state

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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