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Tribes and Political Islam

  • Thomas Hüsken
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Part of the Palgrave Series in African Borderlands Studies book series (PSABS)

Abstract

This chapter deals with political, social, economic and cultural patterns that are involved in the development of political Islam and Islamism among the Awlad ‘Ali. The chapter offers the portraits of two Salafist preachers and their trajectories as religious activists. It also offers an analysis of the audiences, followers and disciples of the preachers and of Salafist Islam. Islamism is discussed as a social critique and as an evocation of a just order. Processes of radicalization among the Islamists in the borderland are examined, and attention is also drawn to the role of Islamism during and after the Arab revolutions in Egypt and Libya. The rise of Islamism is presented as part of the competitive character of heterarchy in the borderland.

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  • Thomas Hüsken
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  1. 1.University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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