‘This is a valuable, accessible and timely introduction to events and movements that lie behind the headlines of atrocity and terror, and which will enhance understanding of our dangerously polarized world.’
Karen Armstrong, author of Islam: A Short History
‘Well-conceived, convincingly argued, and lucidly written. She provides a sorely needed dose of objectivity and balance precisely when those virtues are becoming essential for our government, our media, and our citizenry.
Her work thoughtfully weighs the strengths and weaknesses of political participation by Islamic groups-the reasons they contribute to democratization in some nations while triggering wider repression in others. Above all, Dr Noyon forces policy-makers to include the vast majority of mainstream Muslims as indispensable partners in efforts to build democracy and to strengthen human rights everywhere in the Islamic world.’
Robert Bianchi, author of Guests of God: Pilgrimage and Politics in the Islamic World
At a time when there is so much controversy and confusion around Islam, Jennifer Noyon has written a clearly argued book based on excellent case study material. This is an important contribution to the debate about Islam and should be read by scholars, policy planners and the informed public.’
Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies American University, Washington DC
A fine book … clear, crisp, well-written. It makes an important case for the political possibilities of the Islamic movements.
Ira M Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Berkeley