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Avi Max Spiegel

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159843

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159843.001.0001

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The Next Islamist Generation

The Next Islamist Generation

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(p.193) Conclusion The Next Islamist Generation
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Young Islam
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Avi Max Spiegel

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159843.003.0011

This chapter argues that power dynamics within Islamist organizations are changing rapidly and dramatically. And these changes are happening, as they always have, not only from external constraints, but from internal pressures. This book offers new evidence not of the demise of Islamist movements, but of their lasting transformation. Young activists are poised to assert more control within their organizations, even initiate internal rebellions of their own, and perhaps also help break apart the very movements they helped grow. This is the case for four main reasons. First, making room for many might also mean laying the foundation for discord. Second, Islamist successes are increasingly replicable. Third, internal lines of religious authority are growing murky. Finally, skepticism of omnipotent central authority abounds. For members of the next Islamist generation, the Arab Spring is now part of their histories, just as independence struggles were for their grandparents.

Keywords:   Islamist movements, Morocco, Islamists, power dynamics, Islamist organizations

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