Caliphates and Islamic Global Politics

The events of the Arab Spring saw renewed hope for Arab Civil Society. However, with the cases of Libya, Egypt and Syria, the success of Civil Society at creating a space for itself is in doubt. While the fall of a range of authoritarian regimes did not seem to profit much to Civil Society, Political Islamic movements took advantage.

In Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Lebanon, groups like the Islamic State are declaring Caliphates in the territories they seize in an attempt to fulfil the Political Islam ideal of a ‘global Islamic Caliphate’ encompassing the Muslim world.

This collection of articles aims to address common questions about Political Islam, as well as to provide an assessment of the Islamic State and finally challenge common understandings on the issue of Islam and democracy.

Click on the image to the left to download the Collection (pdf).

Edited by Timothy Poirson and Robert L. Oprisko.