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This book focuses on Islamism as a political ideology by taking up the case study of Jamaat-e-Islami in contemporary India and Bangladesh. The book will address how, in a contemporary globalized world, Islamism constructs an antagonistic frontier and how it mobilizes people behind its political project. The book also deals with the Islamist critique of neoliberal economic policies and 'western cultural globalization'. The book examines the dynamics from the formation of Islamist politics for the struggle for hegemony to failure to become a hegemonic force in Bangladesh. The contradiction between Islamic universalism/Islamist populism, on one hand, and a politics of Muslim particularism in India, on the other, is revealed in this study. Finally, this book traces the contemporary crisis of Islamist populism in providing an alternative to neoliberalism.


'… this work is a useful addition to the growing body of literature that seeks to understand Islam and Islamism in the contemporary world.'

Source: Journal of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association

‘The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami cannot be treated as a single organisation. This study is in reality a comparative study of the ideological articulation of the two organisations … On this score, Maidul Islam has succeeded well.’

Abdul Rashid Moten Source: The Muslim World Book Review

'… the book provides a comprehensive review of some of the headline-catching debates about socio-politico-economic issues and locates Jamaat-e-Islami in the changing scenario of neo-liberal economy in India and Bangladesh. It offers a wealth of information on continuities and ruptures of Islamism and argues, quite persuasively, their response to neo-liberalism. … [It] is a welcoming addition in the literature of Islamism in South Asia. It will be useful to the policymakers as well as scholars having particular interest in this area of research.'

Md. Mizanur Rahman Source: India Quarterly

'… this book has successfully extended the debate on Islam, Muslims in general and radical Islam particularly in South Asia.'

Manjur Ali Source: The Book Review

‘Maidul Islam raises a compelling question - how can we explain the existence of religious ideologies in our modern and scientific world? … Maidul also provides an engrossing narrative about Islamists’ reaction to 'Western cultural globalization' … Overall, this book would be helpful to anyone studying Islamist politics and radical Islamic terrorism since Maidul provides a thoughtful analysis of an under-researched region. Scholars of the region would also benefit from Maidul’s contribution.’

Tamanna Ashraf Source: Asian Politics & Policy

‘Maidul Islam’s strength lies in the case studies he conducts in India and Bangladesh … The interlinking of history with the ideology and the different lines of approach of the Jamaat in the two countries adds a special dimension to the book. The facts about the Jamaat’s electoral performances are informative. The comparison between the Jamaat on the Indian soil and its counterpart in Bangladesh shows the amount of hard work that must have been undertaken in order to arrive at a conclusion. His conclusion about the contrasting responses of the Jamaat in the two countries is worth noting.’

Shams Afif Siddiqi Source: The Telegraph

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