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The collapse of communism and the rise of militant Islamic movements in the Middle East, raised the specter of a future dominated by the conflict between "Islam" and "the West". September 11 has only branded that notion onto the world’s consciousness. In this up-to-date edition of Halliday's classic text, he sets out to reject these interpretations. 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 September 11 Effect
• Interpreting the Middle East
• The Middle East and International Politics
• The Iranian Revolution in Comparative Perspective
• The Gulf War, 1990-91* Part Two Myths of Confrontation
• Islam and the West: ‘Threat of Islam’ or ‘Threat to Islam’?
• Human Rights and the Islamic Middle East: Universalism and Relativism
• Anti-Muslimism and Contemporary Politics: One Ideology or Many?
• Conclusion: ‘Orientalism’ and its Critics