Islam and Power in the Contemporary Muslim World; Islamic Resurgence in Arab Countries

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Islam and Power in the Contemporary Muslim World

Edited by Alex Cudsi and Ali E. Hillal Dessouki
Johns Hopkins Press, 1981
204 pp. $20.00
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Islamic Resurgence in Arab Countries

Edited by Ali E. Hillal Dessouki
Praeger, 1982
274 pp. $27.95
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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.

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