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Contentious Politics in the Middle EastPolitical Opposition under Authoritarianism$
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Holger Albrecht

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034744

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034744.001.0001

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Explaining Shifts in Syria's Islamist Opposition

Explaining Shifts in Syria's Islamist Opposition

(p.138) 7 Explaining Shifts in Syria's Islamist Opposition
Contentious Politics in the Middle East

Fred H. Lawson

University Press of Florida

Recent work on Islamist oppositions has at last recognized crucial distinctions among the diverse movements and organizations that have been active in the Middle East. The earlier image of an “Islamic wave” sweeping across the region has been superseded by a more nuanced view that attributes varying platforms and objectives, as well as divergent political and societal constituencies, to the Islamist oppositions that have taken shape in such diverse societies as Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey. Nevertheless, it remains to pay careful attention to significant shifts taking place in the character of the Islamist movement that is politically active inside each country. “Resurgent Islam” is far from monolithic, whether across geographical space or through successive moments in time.

Keywords:   Islamist oppositions, Middle East, Islamic wave, Islamist oppositions, Resurgent Islam

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