Peter Mandaville is Professor of International Affairs in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University in the United States. He is the author of Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma and has also co-edited several volumes of essays. His research interests include social and political movements in the Muslim world and post-Western international relations.
Islam and Politics provides an accessible, detailed and critical overview of the rise and evolution of religious activism or political Islam. Peter Mandaville views Islamism in the context of domestic politics and globalization. A welcome comprehensive third edition. Fawaz A. Gerges, London School of Economics, author of ISIS: A History. To say that this new edition of Islam and Politics is both sweeping and authoritative doesn't quite do it justice. What Peter Mandaville has done here is nothing short of remarkable. It's a big and brilliant book, panoramic in scope, and cutting across regions and themes almost effortlessly. The role that Islam plays in politics has become only more complex and controversial in recent years. And so a book like this isn't just important; it's indispensable for students and specialists alike - but also for really anyone who's interested in taking stock of the richness and diversity of Islamic thought and practice across the Muslim world. In fact, if you could only read one book on Islam and politics, it should probably be this one. Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; author of Temptations of Power and Islamic Exceptionalism and co-editor of Rethinking Political Islam.