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Analysing revolutionary Islamism : Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia according to Gramsci

Fabio Merone (UGent)
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This article offers a reading ofAnsar al-ShariaTunisia, a radical Salafist movement active in Tunisia between 2011 and 2013, as a revolutionary Islamist movement. Although referring to different theological sources, such radical movements end up reproducing the same model of radical Islamist politics traditionally associated to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB)-inspired movements. The article draws on a Gramscian Islamist framework of revolutionary politics first employed in Thomas Bukto's 2004 article 'Revelation or revolution: a Gramscian approach to the rise of Political Islam'. The objective of using such an analytical frame is to comprehend the revolutionary logic of radical Islamism. Although the Islamist/Salafi discourse is rooted in religious language and ideology, this article argues that it is no less revolutionary-minded, in the modern sense of the term, than the one of non-Islamist radical movements. Islamism is in fact able to provide the alternative worldview (ideology) necessary for revolutionary movements to oppose the dominant structure of power.
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MODERATION, MOVEMENT, EGYPT, Islamism, Salafism, Gramsci, revolution, Ansar al-Sharia

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Merone, Fabio. “Analysing Revolutionary Islamism : Ansar Al-Sharia Tunisia According to Gramsci.” JOURNAL OF NORTH AFRICAN STUDIES, 2021, doi:10.1080/13629387.2020.1801268.
APA
Merone, F. (2021). Analysing revolutionary Islamism : Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia according to Gramsci. JOURNAL OF NORTH AFRICAN STUDIES. https://doi.org/10.1080/13629387.2020.1801268
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Merone, Fabio. 2021. “Analysing Revolutionary Islamism : Ansar Al-Sharia Tunisia According to Gramsci.” JOURNAL OF NORTH AFRICAN STUDIES. https://doi.org/10.1080/13629387.2020.1801268.
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Merone, Fabio. 2021. “Analysing Revolutionary Islamism : Ansar Al-Sharia Tunisia According to Gramsci.” JOURNAL OF NORTH AFRICAN STUDIES. doi:10.1080/13629387.2020.1801268.
Vancouver
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Merone F. Analysing revolutionary Islamism : Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia according to Gramsci. JOURNAL OF NORTH AFRICAN STUDIES. 2021;
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F. Merone, “Analysing revolutionary Islamism : Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia according to Gramsci,” JOURNAL OF NORTH AFRICAN STUDIES, 2021.
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