Islamism and Secularism: Between State Instrumentalisation and Opposition Islamic Movements

Abstract

In Palestine, a reassertion of the 'secularist' identity of the 'Palestinian national project' is taking place against a deeply divided political society characterised by a Palestinian authority in conflict with Hamas. This article argues that the instrumentalisation of religion by the state has backfired leaving secular feminist activists in an unenviable position – without a constituency or a socially legitimate framework through which to address gender and social justice issues. At the same time, a reassertion of the 'secularist' identity is taking place against a deeply divided political society characterised by a Palestinian authority in conflict with Hamas. This conflict accompanying the 'secularisation process' resulted in crushing the very structure of the notion of citizenship and the figure of the secular citizen subject itself.

Citation

Jad, I. Islamism and Secularism: Between State Instrumentalisation and Opposition Islamic Movements. IDS Bulletin (2010) 42 (1) 41-46. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1759-5436.2011.00199.x]

Islamism and Secularism: Between State Instrumentalisation and Opposition Islamic Movements

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