"Islam is the solution": Demystifying Islamization in Morocco and Egypt

Megan Rose Mulcahy, Macalester College

Document Type Honors Project


What is the future of the Middle East? Despite half a century of American efforts to transform the region’s states into stable, free-market democracies, the citizens of ‘the new Middle East’ appear to have their own ideas: the past few decades have witnessed an explosion of popular Islamization, even in supposedly moderate states. I examine the evolution of what I term ‘active Islam’ through three contexts: historical, ideological, and situational, using Egypt and Morocco as case studies. My conclusion is that active Islam is succeeding because states are failing, in terms of providing both social services, and an adequate ideological framework.


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