Islam and the Myth of Confrontation: Religion and Politics in the Middle East / Edition 1

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Spiralling violence in the Middle East, the ever-present echoes of Jihadist extremism and President George Bush's identification of an 'axis of evil' have all raised the spectre of a future dominated by the conflict between 'Islam' and 'the West'. From theories such as Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilizations to the anti-Western rhetoric of many Muslim militants themselves, this image of confrontation has come to be widely accepted. At the same time, the many issues afflicting the Middle East itself are widely seen as reflecting the influence of Islam on the politics and society of this region.

Fred Halliday sets out to reject these interpretations in this classic work, revised to encompass the crucially important events of recent months. Considering the sources of Islamic militancy and analyzing the confrontational rhetoric of both Islamic and anti-Muslim demagogues, he provides an alternative, critical but cautious, reassessment. The Middle East, he argues, can be treated neither as a distinct not as a unified region, but must be seen as a set of disparate societies, facing and reacting to the problems of economic development and political change.

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"...clear, lucid prose that seeks to define clearly for non-specialist readers some of the issues at stake..."--John Curry, Digest of Middle East Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850439592
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author


Fred Halliday is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface to Second Edition
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Interpreting the Middle East
1 The Middle East and International Politics 11
2 The Iranian Revolution in Comparative Perspective 42
3 The Gulf War, 1990-91 76
Pt. 2 Myths of Confrontation
4 Islam and the West: 'Threat of Islam' or 'Threat to Islam'? 107
5 Human Rights and the Islamic Middle East: Universalism and Relativism 133
6 Anti-Muslimism and Contemporary Politics: One Ideology or Many? 160
7 Conclusion: 'Orientalism' and its Critics 195
Notes 218
Index 249
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