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Introduction: Studying the Impact of International Norms on Islamist Politics

  • Filippo Dionigi
Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)

Abstract

This is a study in International Relations primarily concerned with the influence of international norms in global politics. It proposes an analysis and assessment of how these norms influence Islamist politics and what effects they have on Islamism.

Keywords

International Relation Political Theory International Norm Constitutive Theory Political Violence 
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