The Three Rs of Militant Politics: Rhetoric, Radicalism and Realpolitik
The Middle East is characterized by contradictory concepts. It has been perceived as wealthy and poor, technologically modern and culturally backward, religiously tolerant yet fanatically fundamentalist. Social scientists have continually explored each of these · perceptual extremes; however, general theory regarding this region has continued to be elusive. While some scholars contend that religion may have a more prominent role in the region than in other parts of the world, this should not limit political inquiry to only this variable. While not negating Islam's importance, this thesis addresses other plausible explanatory factors that, to date, have received far less scrutiny. In this study five specific aspects of political dynamics in militant opposition groups are explored. These factors are evaluated by examining four seemingly different militant political movements. These groups differ according to ideology, ethnicity and colonial history. Despite the apparent differences of these groups, a broader theoretical framework does provide for a more generalizable analysis. Ideological differences are found not to be the defining variable. Through this plausibility probe, significant support is presented for the usefulness and applicability of this cross-cultural, cross-regional unified framework.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences; Fath (Organization); Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan; Jabhah al Islamiiyah lil Inqadh (Algeria); Middle East -- Politics and government; Partiya Karkeren Kurdistane
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Padgett, Tammy, "The Three Rs of Militant Politics: Rhetoric, Radicalism and Realpolitik" (2003). HIM 1990-2015. 361.