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Scholar Edits New Book on Middle East Islamist Politics

Samer Shehata

Samer Shehata

May 22, 2012 – Samer Shehata, assistant professor of Arab politics, has edited a book that delves into Islamist politics and its candidates.

Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (Routledge, 2012), explores the impact of the most popular Islamist groups on the politics of the region.

Shehata says Islamist parties have emerged as the most powerful force in countries that experienced mass uprisings and political change beginning in 2011 in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria – widely known as Arab Spring.

“With the success of Arab Spring in the Middle East, Islamist parties have done remarkably well, winning elections in Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt,” says Shehata, also a School of Foreign Service professor.

He also says Islamist candidates are poised to do well in the Egyptian presidential elections on May 23 and 24 as well as in next month’s Libyan parliamentary elections.

The book includes 12 chapters by leading scholars and specialists on Islamist politics, and analyzes the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, Morocco’s Justice and Benevolence, the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood as well as Islamist politics in Turkey and Iran.

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