RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 752286982 LA English T1 When victory is not an option : Islamist movements in Arab politics A1 Brown, Nathan J., PB Cornell University Press PP Ithaca YR 2012 SN 9780801450365 0801450365 9780801477720 0801477727 AB "Throughout the Arab world, Islamist political movements are joining the electoral process. This change alarms some observers and excites other. In recent years, electoral opportunities have opened, and Islamist movements have seized them. But those opportunities, while real, have also been sharply circumscribed. Elections may be freer, but they are not fair. The opposition can run but it generally cannot win. Semiauthoritarian conditions prevail in much of the Arab world, even in the wake of the Arab Spring. How do Islamist movements change when they plunge into freer but unfair elections? How do their organizations (such as the Muslim Brotherhood) and structures evolve? What happens to their core ideological principles? And how might their increased involvement affect the political system? In When Victory Is Not an Option, Nathan J. Brown addresses these questions by focusing on Islamist movements in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and Palestine."--Page 4 of cover.