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IDS Bulletin Vol. 42 Nos. 1

Islamism and Secularism: Between State Instrumentalisation and Opposition Islamic Movements

Published on 1 January 2011

In Palestine, a reassertion of the ‘secularist’ identity of the ‘Palestinian national project’ is taking place against a deeply divided political society characterised by a Palestinian authority in conflict with Hamas.

This article argues that the instrumentalisation of religion by the state has backfired leaving secular feminist activists in an unenviable position – without a constituency or a socially legitimate framework through which to address gender and social justice issues. At the same time, a reassertion of the ‘secularist’ identity is taking place against a deeply divided political society characterised by a Palestinian authority in conflict with Hamas. This conflict accompanying the ‘secularisation process’ resulted in crushing the very structure of the notion of citizenship and the figure of the secular citizen subject itself.

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This article comes from the IDS Bulletin 42.1 (2011) Islamism and Secularism: Between State Instrumentalisation and Opposition Islamic Movements

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Jad, I. (2011) Islamism and Secularism: Between State Instrumentalisation and Opposition Islamic Movements. IDS Bulletin 42(1): 41-46

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Islah Jad

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Institute of Development Studies
authors
Jad, Islah
doi
10.1111/j.1759-5436.2011.00199.x

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