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

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

Author: 
Merone, Fabio
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2021
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Journal Title: 
Journal of North African Studies
Source: 
Journal of North African Studies,Vol. 26, No. 6, 2021, pp. 1122-1143
ISSN: 
0305-7070
Abstract: 

This article offers a reading of Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia, 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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CITATION: Merone, Fabio. Analysing revolutionary Islamism: Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia according to Gramsci . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2021. Journal of North African Studies,Vol. 26, No. 6, 2021, pp. 1122-1143 - Available at: https://library.au.int/analysing-revolutionary-islamism-ansar-al-sharia-tunisia-according-gramsci