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dc.contributor.advisorRobinson, Glenn
dc.contributor.advisorLavoy, Peter
dc.contributor.authorCarr, William J.
dc.dateMarch, 1996
dc.date.accessioned2013-04-30T22:05:32Z
dc.date.available2013-04-30T22:05:32Z
dc.date.issued1996-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/32137
dc.description.abstractWith the worldwide political changes brought about by the end of the Cold War, political Islam has gained new significance as a potential threat to U.S. interests. Assessments of the phenomenon have varied, ranging from an Islamic replacement for the communist global ideological menace to a more legitimate expression of social and political activism within Muslim countries. The United States does not have a coherent, long-term policy toward this resurgent ideological force. An objective assessment of political Islam must be developed to enable policy-makers to understand the true nature and aspirations of the Islamists, and to cra appropriate responses. This thesis argues that political Is lam is not a monolithic 'Green Menace'; while pervasive, and influence by unifying aspects of a common Third World 'crises' environment and the 'fundamentals' of the Islamic faith, it is paradoxically a diverse grouping of ideologies that is polycentric in character. These ideologies vary in specific origins and means of sociopolitic action, while emphasizing a political focus aimed primarily at the local, intrastate levels. Given the phenomenon's multifaceted nature, the U.S. must develop a similar diversity in its policy approaches.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/theparadoxofpoli1094532137
dc.format.extent202 p.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.titleThe Paradox of political Islam: unity and diversity in the greater Middle Easten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.recognitionNAen_US
dc.description.serviceU.S. Navy (U.S.N.) authoren_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.A. in National Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineNational Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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