Political Islam, Capitalism, and Resistance

I was the section convenor of S36 Political Islam, Capitalism, and Resistance at EISAPEC18 (12th EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations), organised by EISA at Prague, Czechia. Please see the conference programme.

A Special Issue edited with Oğuzhan Göksel is in progress, target journal Mediterranean Politics.


Although the Islamic world is undoubtedly articulated in the capitalist mode of production today, they have long been considered as incompatible and controversial to each other. Even today, the lack of liberal principles in political Islamic movements was thought to be derived from Islam’s own disharmony with capitalism. Perhaps, the image of political Islam in the West is not only shaped by capitalism’s own crisis today but also it was determined by the Weberian notion of patrimonialism which is thought to be the origins pre-capitalist mode of production in the non-West.

Section 36

The aim of this section is to analyse whether or not the Eurocentric understanding of capitalist development has an impact on the perception of political Islam today. If capitalism has taken an alternative route in the Islamic world, is there actually an Islamic capitalism? Or to what extent is capitalism Islamic in the Islamic world? If there is an Islamic capitalism, will there be an Islamic alternative to post-capitalism as well? What are the alternatives to global capitalism within the Islamic world? What are the possibilities for progressive and radical alter-movements against the Islamic capitalism? This section will not only focus on the Islamic capitalisms and Islamic anti-capitalist movements in specific countries, but it will also endeavour to cover the theoretical debates around Islamic capitalism and anti-capitalism.

This section seeks contributions to the cross-disciplinary analysis of political Islam, capitalism, and resistance from a variety of backgrounds and from both established and emerging scholars in order to develop a critical and non-Eurocentric understanding on capitalist development. Contributions can focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Theoretical and Conceptual Issues Around Political Islam and Neoliberalism
  • Contemporary Islamic Thought and its Discontents
  • Case Studies: Political Islam, Capitalism and Resistance in Specific Countries
  • Sociology of Islam
  • Secularism and Modernity
  • Postcolonial Theory / Decolonising Islam
  • Political Economy of Political Islam
  • Critical IR/IPE and Political Islam
  • Arab Uprising
  • Occupy Movements in the Middle East
  • Islamophobia
  • Anti-capitalist Muslims
  • Muslim Brotherhood