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.