The past decade has witnessed several electoral successes for Islamist movements in the Arab world, an issue which has stimulated a broad political and academic debate around how democracy can and will develop in the region.

In order to understand the role that Islamist movements have or can have on their political contexts and to evaluate Western polices towards them, it is necessary to start from a non-ideological and non-Western-centred analysis of the ongoing structural changes in these countries, prioritizing empirical data collection over normative schemes.

Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale, International IDEA and Istituto Affari Internazionali jointly implemented a research project on this topic. The report includes case studies on Islamist movements and parties in Egypt, Morocco, Palestine and Lebanon. Carried out by different researchers, it offers an in-depth analysis of the structures of such movements, the socio-economic interests they represent and the mobilization and political participation strategies they have adopted.

Details

Publication date
22 March 2010
Language(s)
English
Number of pages
208
Co-Publisher(s)
Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale (Italy), Istituto Affari Internazionali (Italy)
ISBN
978-91-85724-80-2 (Print)

Contents

Abbreviations and acronyms

Introduction
Rosa Balfour and Daniela Pioppi

1. Hitting the glass ceiling: The trajectory of the Moroccan Party of Justice and Development
Eva Wegner and Miquel Pellicer

2. The Muslim Brotherhood and political change in Egypt
Tawfiq Aclimandos

3. Anatomy of a political party: Hezbollah: sectarian upshot or actor of change?
Daniela Pioppi

4. Palestinian Islamism: Conflating national liberation and socio-political change
Khaled Hroub

5. Principled or stubborn? Western policy towards Hamas
Nathan Brown

6. Learning by doing: US policies towards the Islamist movements in Morocco, Egypt and Lebanon
Philippe Droz-Vincent

7. EU policy and Islamist movements: Constructive ambiguities or alibis?
Rosa Balfour and Battistina Cugusi

Conclusions
Rosa Balfour and Daniela Pioppi

About the project and its methodology 
About the authors 
About the partners

 

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Islamist Mass Movements, External Actors and Political Change in the Arab World

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