[P4820] "The Political" in Political Islam: Conflict, consensus, or something else?

Created by Necmettin Dogan
Sunday, 11/19/17 8:00am


Political Islam is usually blamed as a conflict-based anti-modern or anti-Western ideology that breeds intolerance, instability, violence, and terror. Is it really the case? If yes, what kind of understanding of "the political" causes that? Did the ideological founders of political Islam have a conflict-based understanding of politics? What has shaped their understanding? Have the founders really designated the political paths followed by the mainstream Islamist movements or some other structural dynamics have played a more constitutive affect? Do moderate Islamists really have a different understanding of politics? And finally, does post-Islamism stands for a new perception of politics, or rather the end of politics?
This panel aims at answering these questions by investigating the various meanings or versions of "the political" in political Islam. It has five confirmed contributions that bring together investigations both about mainstream representatives of Islamist ideology and Islamist movements. The papers deal with the political perceptions of the most influential Islamist intellectuals/ideologists in the 20th century, the self-critiques of these intellectuals on their initial political understandings, the employment and shortcomings of the basic premises of political liberalism by the contemporary moderate Islamists, the critical stance of the National View Movement in Turkey through the global political order and its alternative understanding of international politics, and the political intentions and implications of Islamic civilization discourse that has become popular among Islamists.
Overall, the panel intends to contribute to the ongoing debates about the relationship between Islamism and any kind of conflict. If Islamism breeds conflict, the underlying cause may be its understandings of the political. Therefore, the main concern of this proposed panel is to look at various domains of Islamism, and analyze the political perceptions that have been produced in those domains.


Pol Science




Mucahit Bilici

(John Jay College, CUNY)
Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College, City University of New York and the author of Finding Mecca in America: How Islam Is Becoming an American Religion (Chicago University Press, 2012).
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Discussant;

Edip Asaf Bekaroglu

(Istanbul University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Necmettin Dogan

(Istanbul Commerce University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Ali Kaya

(Erciyes University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Muhammed Huseyin Mercan

(Erciyes University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;