publication . Article . 2008

Radical Islamism and Failed Developmentalism

Saeed Rahnema;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Apr 2008
The rise of radical Islamism in recent years does not limit the applicability of the concept of cultural nationalism. Rather the two are intertwined in ways which this article will attempt to highlight. Islam took specific national forms as modern nation-states arose and the contemporary resurgence of radical Islamism also follows that modern pattern. I examine the emergence of the three most important movements in the Islamic world, namely, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Jama'at-e Islami in Pakistan and Khomeinism in Iran. I argue that imperialism, authoritarianism and the contemporary rise of radical Islamism are closely related. More particularly, the latte...
free text keywords: Development, Authoritarianism, Liberalism, Developmentalism, Modernization theory, Islam, International capital, Development economics, Nationalism, Sociology, Cultural nationalism
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