In This Review

Islam and Power in the Contemporary Muslim World
Islam and Power in the Contemporary Muslim World
Edited by Alex Cudsi and Ali E. Hillal Dessouki
Johns Hopkins Press, 1981, 204 pp
Islamic Resurgence in Arab Countries
Islamic Resurgence in Arab Countries
Edited by Ali E. Hillal Dessouki
Praeger, 1982, 274 pp

In Islamic societies religion is almost always present in the changing equations of power. In what ways it is present-as an instrument of ruling regimes, a generator of opposition, a reaction to Western-style modernization-is now a central question for scholars. The authors of the first book treat the subject from a historical and philosophical standpoint. The contributors to the second volume, all social scientists, look more to the contemporary political scene in individual Arab countries.