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The Rise of Islamic Political Movements and Parties

Morocco, Turkey and Jordan

Esen Kirdiş

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Explores the strategic decision-making of Islamic political movements in Jordan, Morocco and Turkey

Although regarded as a single community of Islamists, Islamic political movements utilise vastly different means to pursue their goals. This book examines why some Islamic movements facing the same socio-political structures pursue different political paths, while their counterparts in diverse contexts make similar political choices.

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1. Introduction: Between Movement and Party
2. Form a Party or Stay a Movement? Structures and the Menu of Options
3. Islamic Movements Take Agency: The Decision over Participation
4. Two Paths, Six Different Outcomes, Three New Political Centres
5. Conclusion: The Rise of Islamic Political Movements and Parties

About the Author

Esen Kirdiş is Associate Professor in International Studies at Rhodes College. Her current research explores Islamic political parties, Islamic movements, religion and politics and cross-religious comparative politics with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Esen's previous work was published in Political Research Quarterly, Democratization, Politics, Religion & Ideology and Turkish Studies.


Kirdis's volume is a most welcome contribution to the growing literature on Arab political parties. In this insightful study, Kirdis provides a compelling analysis of how islamist organizations decide to either form a political party or continue their activism through more informal channels. This book  is a fascinating empirical study focusing on the internal workings and debates of Islamist movements.

- Francesco Cavatorta, Professor of Political Science, Laval University

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