Islamist Political Activism In Jordan: Moderation, Militancy, And Democracy

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Curtis R. Ryan Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: While democracy has proven to be a fragile and elusive form of politics in the modern Arab world, Islamist movements have flourished -- ranging from grass-roots pro-democracy activism to militant jihadism and terrorism. Whether Arab politics witnesses more political liberalization in the near future will depend in large part on the nature of Islamist movements, as well as ruling regimes’ reactions to them. This article examines the broad range of Islamist alternatives within one of the more liberalizing Arab states -- the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan -- with a view to understanding the depth and breadth of Islamist forms of political mobilization.

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Ryan, C.R. (2008). Islamist Political Activism In Jordan: Moderation, Militancy, And Democracy. Middle East Review of International Affairs, 12 (2) June 2008: 1-13. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2008
RECAPP 2020, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Muslim Brotherhood, Hashemite monarchy, Islamist movement, King Abdallah II

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