In pursuit of radical democracy, against the juggernaut of modern liberalism, this thesis attempts an unusual resuscitation of an Islamic nonviolence by engaging in bridge-building and mutual translation between the principled nonviolence of Mahatma Gandhi and the so-called "political Islam" of Sayyid Qutb. By means of the method of immanent critique, this thesis employs the "anthropological skepticism" of Talal Asad to critique the secularist notions of agency employed by these seminal and polarizing figures, revealing the centrality of "lack" to both ideologies. It otherwise self-consciously adopts the essentialisms used by and against these ideologies to attempt to lay the groundwork for an edifice with maximum rhetorical appeal.
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(2019).Nonviolent jihad: an immanent critique [Master's Thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Roedel, John. Nonviolent jihad: an immanent critique. 2019. American University in Cairo, Master's Thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
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