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Rentier Islamism: The Influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gulf Monarchies

Courtney Freer


This book, using contemporary history and original empirical research, updates traditional rentier state theory, which largely fails to account for the existence of Islamist movements, by demonstrating the political capital held by Muslim Brotherhood affiliates in Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). While rentier state theory predicts that citizens of such states will form opposition blocs only when their stake in rent income is threatened, this book demonstrates that ideology, rather than rent, has motivated the formation of independent Islamist movements in the wealthiest stat ... More

Keywords: Muslim Brotherhood, Islamism, Gulf politics, rentier state theory, rentierism, Gulf politics, opposition politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190861995
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190861995.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Courtney Freer, author
Research Officer, Kuwait Programme, London School of Economics