Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transnational Islamism and political moderation: A comparative analysis of Egypt and Morocco
by Salem, Yasmin, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2015, 212; 10095901
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation examines how transnationalism can affect Islamists’ moderation in both Egypt and Morocco. In this dissertation, I do an in-depth comparative case study analysis to assess the prospects of moderation of two Islamists political entities, the Muslim Brotherhood as a transnational social movement and the Morocco Party of Justice and Development (JDP), which has no transnational ties. Both the Muslim Brotherhood and PJD came to power after the Arab uprising in 2011 and were key players in the democratic transitions in both countries; however, the entities are not related. Further, the dissertation will explore the moderation level of the Muslim Brotherhood and PJD. Current literature on Islamists and moderation theory focuses on political inclusion, political learning and repression as factors that would affect the moderation of an Islamist group. Looking at Islamists as a transnational social movement is a new aspect in the study of Islamism. Recently, scholars have addressed the transnational aspect of Islamist social movements; however, these studies focused on radical Islamist groups such as Al Qaeda. To date, there has been no study to assess how transnationalism can affect the moderation level of Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. This dissertation attempts to fill that gap by assessing the moderation level of the transnational Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the Justice and Development Party in Morocco. Furthermore, extant studies have ignored transnational identity in conceptualizing “Transnational ism”. My dissertation corrects this gap by bringing this new element into consideration. In addition, most of the research conducted on the Muslim Brotherhood stops at 2012. My dissertation gives in-depth examination of the development of events up until February, 2015.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shaykhutdinov, Renat
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 77/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle Eastern Studies, Political science, Sociology
Keywords: Islamism, Moderation, Muslim Brotherhood, Muslim Brotherhood in Britain and Germany, Transnational Islamism, Transnationalism of moderation
Publication Number: 10095901
ISBN: 978-1-339-60077-2
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