“Political Islam” dominates national and global news with popular revolutions, dictatorships, terrorism, jihad, suicide bombings and beheadings, perpetually in the headlines. The “Muslim World” has become synonymous with war, conflict, crisis and violence. As such “Islam,” particularly after 9-11, has become the definitive ‘Other’ of America, driving both the logics of the National Security State and the broader public imaginary of the enemy.
Therefore a nuanced, methodologically reflexive and critical understanding of this phenomenon is not only topical but also of vital importance for understanding key dynamics of power in the contemporary world.
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