Substantially revised, this new edition updates major country case studies and adds coverage of Tunisia, Algeria, the Taliban of Afghanistan, and Hamas. John L. Esposito also addresses democratization and the clash of civilization debate.
"Esposito has become one of the most prolific and effective interpreters of Islam to a broad audience."—Library Journal
"Among the flood of books that has appeared on Islam in the last few years it stands out for its breadth; its great merit is to offer an informed summary of Islamic resurgence. . . . Invaluable."—American Historical Review
"Should be required reading for all diplomats, analysts, and students of the contemporary Middle East."—American-Arab Affairs
John L. Esposito is Professor and Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University and Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. His other publications include The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?; Islam and Democracy (with John O. Voll); Islam: The Straight Path; and Women in Muslim Family Law (the latter also produced by Syracuse University Press).