Friday, July 17, 2009
The Decline of Political Islam?
Interesting article on the demise of political Islam thesis. Nathan Field argues that the decline in Islamist electoral gains in authoritarian political systems is hardly a measure to assess the potential end or actual decline in Islamism. At the societal level, Islamists are engaged in their primary objective which is Da'wa and predication. The whole post-Islamism stance advanced by French scholars Gilles Keppel and Oliver Roy is premature and naive. Islamism is a current socio-political reality that will be part of the landscape of Muslim societies for years, if not decades, to come. In the absence of real political ideologies that could bring about concrete plans to immanent political and economic ills, Islamism remains the solution for many in the Muslim world.