The Religious Dimension Of Islamism: Sufism, Salafism, and politics in Morocco

Henri Lauzière*

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Of the difficulties inherent in the study of Islamism, none appears to be as elementary, and yet as frustrating, as the issue of typology. The various labels that have emerged over the years show that scholars have struggled to explain why they would assign certain Muslims to an analytical category. They have also struggled to find an appropriate label for that category and agree on its definition. While “Islamism” and “Islamists” have become the most widely accepted labels, differences persist in the West as well as in the Muslim world. While many Islamists now refer to themselves as isla-miyyu-n, the Arabic term for “Islamists, " others reject such labels, which they consider exogenous and unwarranted. Instead, they may choose a broader and less exclusive category such as “the Islamic movement” (al-h.araka al-isla-miyya), thus suggesting that there is no such thing as “Islamism” and that it would be wrong to single it out and stigmatize it.1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIslamist Politics in the Middle East
Subtitle of host publicationMovements and Change
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781136455377
ISBN (Print)9780415783613
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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