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Totalitarianism And Radical Islamic Ideologies

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This chapter demonstrates how certain developments in society led to the formulation of a peculiar strand of political thought known as totalitarianism. The precise dynamic relation between the history of ideas and the history of changes in society, however, remains one of reciprocity. The chapter begins with a brief overview of the existing theories on totalitarianism and a word of warning. The term 'totalitarianism' incontestably carries a grave negative connotation. The chapter discusses two problems exist within the academic and political use of the term 'totalitarianism', before it inquires into the applicability of totalitarianism to radical Islam. Between the advent of the industrial age in the late 18th and 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century a number of events occurred which transformed European societies in such a way that it enabled the rise of totalitarian thought.

Keywords: European societies; radical Islam; totalitarianism



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