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Title:The renewed role of Islam in the political and social development of the middle east
Author:Tibi, Bassam
Periodical:Middle East Journal
Geographic term:Middle East
Church and State
External link:http://search.proquest.com/pao/docview/1290762828
Abstract:Islam, under the socio-cultural and socio-political impact of Western penetration, was abandoned as a political ideology in many countries of the Middle East. It has not, however, been replaced as a belief system: Islam continues to prevail as a normative system. The renewed role of Islam, since the 1970s, merely refers to the process of political revival of Islam, to its reemergence as a political ideology legitimizing political action. Islam has become the ideology of political opposition against the existing political orders in the Middle East. This renewed politicization of the sacred began much earlier than the political upheaval in Iran. Main purpose of this paper is to grapple with and attempt to explain the problem of the reintroduction of religious elements into politics in the Middle East. Main concern is to make an effort at conceptualizing the current politicization of Islam. Notes.