The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are

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The Islamists: Turmoil and Transformation By Robin Wright

Islamists have produced tectonic political shake-ups across the Middle East, with a rippling effect world-wide. Islamists now take many forms, from moderates in Tunisia to militants in the Islamic State. Together, the disparate factions have arguably altered the Middle East more than any trend since the modern states gained independence over the past century. They have redefined politics and even borders.
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Islamist Groups: Parties and Factions

By Annika Folkeson
Islamist groups in the Arab world are diverse in their political agendas, goals, and activities and thus defy simple categorization. But several trends and common denominators have emerged in the early twenty-first century.
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The Islamist Spectrum

By Robin Wright
Islamists are not "one size fits all." Indeed, by 2015, the new spectrum was a labyrinth. The parties generally broke down into three broad categories, according to Egyptian experts Ismail Alexandrani and Dina Shehata.
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The following chronologies outline key dates and developments since 2011 in several countries:

  • Egypt
  • Tunisia
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Bahrain
  • Jordan
  • Yemen
  • Syria
  • Algeria  
  • Lebanon
  • Palestinians


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The Islamists Are Coming is the first book to survey the rise of Islamist groups in the wake of the Arab Spring.  Often lumped together, the more than 50 Islamist parties with millions of followers now constitute a whole new spectrum—separate from either militants or secular parties.  They will shape the new order in the world’s most volatile region more than any other political bloc. Yet they have diverse goals and different constituencies. Sometimes they are even rivals.

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