False Prophets: The

False Prophets: The "Clash of Civilizations" and its Critics

by Richard Bonney
     
 

After 9/11 the US response to Al-Qaeda - the Global War on Terror - was heavily influenced by the ‘clash of civilizations’ theory. First introduced by Bernard Lewis in 1993 in an article entitled ‘The Roots of Muslim Rage’, this theory was taken up by Samuel Huntington in his famous book The Clash of Civilizations: Remaking of World

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Overview

After 9/11 the US response to Al-Qaeda - the Global War on Terror - was heavily influenced by the ‘clash of civilizations’ theory. First introduced by Bernard Lewis in 1993 in an article entitled ‘The Roots of Muslim Rage’, this theory was taken up by Samuel Huntington in his famous book The Clash of Civilizations: Remaking of World Order in 1996. After the end of the Cold War global conflict will not be economic or ideological but cultural and religious. ‘The clash of civilizations’, Huntington wrote, ‘will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future.’
This theory of global conflict proved enormously influential with neoconservatives in the US and heavily influenced contemporary US and UK policy. Richard Bonney’s controversial new book takes as its subject Huntington’s ‘clash of civilizations’ thesis and looks at the history of this so-called struggle of civilizations before it came to prominence in the twenty-first century. It identifies the twenty-first-century proponents of the thesis, such as Bernard Lewis and Daniel Pipes, their links to the Bush government, and their roles in exploiting this tradition of hostility between the West and Islam.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906165024
Publisher:
Peter Lang Ltd.
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
The Past in the Present Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Richard Bonney was Professor of Modern History at the University of Leicester from 1984 to 2006. He has published, amongst other titles, Jihad: From Qu’ran to Bin Laden.

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