Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press for the International Institute for Strategic Studes, 1997.
Book — 80 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Since the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979, many Middle Eastern analysts have come to view Islamism as the wave of the future in Arab politics. However, the post-revolution revival of Islamism as a significant political opposition in Arab societies has not resulted in the widespread emergence of Islamic regimes. Ibrahim A. Karawan argues that, although Islamists - both political and militant - are likely to remain a relevant opposition force, it is not a foregone conclusion that their influence will be decisive in shaping the Middle East's political landscape. He asserts that Islamist groups have stagnated in the face of fragmentation, political over-extension, effective state strategies and the poor performance of self-proclaimed Islamic regimes. As a result, Islamists are likely to remain a relevant opposition force, but their influence will probably not be decisive. (source: Nielsen Book Data)