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Faith in Moderation
Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen

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  • Date Published: January 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511837432

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  • Does political inclusion produce ideological moderation? Schwedler argues that examining political behaviour alone provides insufficient evidence of moderation because it leaves open the possibility that political actors might act as if they are moderate while harbouring radical agendas. Through a comparative study of the Islamic Action Front party in Jordan and the Islah party in Yemen, she argues that the IAF in Jordan has become more moderate through participation in pluralist political processes, while the Islah party has not. The variation is explained in part by internal group organization and decision-making processes, but particularly by the ways in which the IAF has been able to justify its new pluralist practices on Islamic terms while the Islah party has not. Based on nearly four years of field research in Jordan and Yemen, Schwedler contributes both an important theory of ideological moderation and detail about these powerful Islamist political parties.

    • A book-length study in English on Islamists in Yemen, providing information about Islamists in Jordan (based on extensive field research in each country)
    • Examines whether Islamist groups become more moderate as a result of participation in pluralist political processes
    • Extraordinary relevance for policy debates, but also makes a theoretical contribution concerning political moderation through inclusion
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    • Winner of the Best Book Award - Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association

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    'Faith in Moderation presents good critiques of the current dominant theories in political change literature … Faith in Moderation is a lively and valuable attempt … [it] promises more debate and to contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics of political change in the Middle East.' Insight Turkey

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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511837432
    • contains: 6 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    Note on transliterations and translations
    1. Moderation and the dynamics of political change
    2. Political liberalization as a mechanism of control
    3. Public political space
    4. Cultural dimensions of political contestation
    5. Justification and moderation
    6. Conclusion: does inclusion lead to moderation?

  • Author

    Jillian Schwedler, Hunter College, City University of New York
    Jillian Schwedler is Professor of Political Science at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.


    • Winner of the Best Book Award - Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association

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