Islam is in Crisis and needs reforming, writes Nehad Ismail, U K Defence Forum Research Associate
Political Islam gained strength and influence in the 1970s after the demise of the Nasserite Arab Nationalist movements but has failed to deliver the promised benefits. It did not have viable political and economic policies to tackle the chronic problems of poverty, absence of freedoms and basic human rights. It offered violence, jihad, terrorism and anti-West rhetoric.
Hamas failed in Gaza, Omar al Bashir failed in Sudan and committed atrocities in Darfur and is being pursued by the ICC. But Political Islam most significant failure was in Egypt.