Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
Islamic fundamentalism, also known as Islamicism or Islamic revivalism, is a move ment that has become much more visible in the last two decades. Fundamentalist groups have been growing in membership in many Middle Eastern nations, but the Islamic revivalist movement was most prominent in the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, in which radical Shi'ites seizea power from the Shah and his monarchy. A decade later, as that Islamic regime maintains power, many Islamic fundamentalist groups and parties have proliferated throughout the Muslim world. Although they do not hold power in any other country, in many nations Islamic fundamentalists are exerting great pressure on politics and society. This situation raises important questions about the nature of such groups, their memberships and the historical context in which they have grown. This paper will attempt to address these questions, using the Islamic Salvation Front of Algeria as an example.
Date of Award
Department of Political Science
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©1992 Michael L. Smith
Smith, Michael L., "Algeria's fundamentalists: Their historical context and prospects for success" (1992). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 141.