Islam, Charity, and Activism: Middle-Class Networks and Social
Welfare in Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen. By Janine A. Clark.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. 256p. $49.95 cloth, $23.95
Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Islamic
World. By Mohammed M. Hafez. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner
Publishers, 2003. 240p. $52.00 cloth, $25.00 paper.
Islamic Activism: A Social Movement Theory Approach. Edited
by Quintan Wiktorowicz. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.
320p. $59.95 cloth, $24.95 paper.
It is a pleasure to read three well-researched books that use a
social movement approach to explain contemporary Islamic activism. A
combination of rigorous fieldwork and focused use of theory offers an
alternative viewing lens for a host of issues involving social work,
women's activism, use of violence, recruitment strategies, protest
movements, political participation, and economic reforms.