Secularism and Nationalism: The Political Discourse of ‘Abd al-Salam Yassin

  • Emad Eldin Shahin


Analyzing the role of secularism and Islamism in the process of political and social change in today’s Morocco is a far more complex issue than contemporary development theory suggests. The theory assumes that religion is a traditional or, at best, a transitional, force that will wither in the process of modernization and growth of rationalism in society. In fact, the experience of the Middle East since the 1970s reveals that religion is becoming an ideological vehicle in the struggle for power. Traditional reassertions are increasingly playing a role in political and social mobilization that is inexplicable in terms of modernization theory and political change. This suggests that the phenomenon of Islamic revival may not be adequately understood or easily analyzed through a secular conceptual framework.


Political Discourse Arabic Language Muslim Brotherhood Muslim Society Islamic Movement 
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