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This article argues for the return of politics to the political economy of Islam, for putting the exertions of political parties at the center of explanations of public support for political Islam, and for taking these parties seriously as generators of economic ideas. It examines the role of economic and social factors in shaping support for Islamic political movements. It argues that these factors help support Islamism through political and institutional mechanisms that constrain Islamist parties’ ability to appeal across the economic spectrum. It then analyzes the economic ideas that Islamic parties put forward in their attempt to attract votes and win seats.
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