A Sense Of Siege / Edition 1

A Sense Of Siege / Edition 1

by Graham Fuller, Ian O Lesser
     
 


This book explores the nature of the friction between the Muslim world and the West, looking at legitimate perceptions and grievances on both sides. Arguing that “Islam versus the West” does not represent the arena of the next global ideological struggle, the authors examine specific issues—for example, the enlarged role of Islam in internal… See more details below

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This book explores the nature of the friction between the Muslim world and the West, looking at legitimate perceptions and grievances on both sides. Arguing that “Islam versus the West” does not represent the arena of the next global ideological struggle, the authors examine specific issues—for example, the enlarged role of Islam in internal politics—that require careful handling to prevent the consolidation of states into opposing blocs. They suggest that comprehensive reform to break away from authoritarian order is of paramount importance, that political Islam threatens the established order in Muslim countries far more than it threatens the West, and that violent confrontation can best be circumvented by integrating Islamist forces into the political process.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813321493
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
Rand Studies Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
0.48(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Western Historical Perceptions of Islam and Their Geopolitical Legacy13
Europe and Asia14
Islam and the Loss of Mediterranean Unity15
Islam in Europe and Insecure Borderlands16
The First Cold War18
The Legacy of Colonialism19
Recent Images: Suez, Oil, and the Iranian Revolution21
3The Muslim Historical and Psychological Perception of the West27
Islam as a Christian Heresy29
The Shrinking of Islamic Empire33
The Era of Imperialism34
The Export of Western Values37
The Loss of Leadership of the Islamic World38
The Establishment of Israel39
Western Intervention41
Islamic Weakness43
The Dilemma of Modernization44
4Contemporary Dilemmas Posed to the West by the Islamic World47
Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights47
Migration and Social Cohesion50
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict53
North-South Relations: To Have and Have Not56
Islamic Instability as a Threat to World Order60
The Islamic Factor in European Security63
Proliferation and the North-South Military Balance64
5Contemporary Dilemmas Posed to the Islamic World by the West81
Political Pressures81
Economic Frictions82
Islamic Communities Abroad88
6The Religious Dimension99
The Theological Problem101
7Solidarity and Coexistence109
Islamic Solidarity - How Likely?109
Factors Working Against Muslim Solidarity113
Dealing with the Islamist Challenge119
Islam as a Catalyst for Have-Not States124
Potential Islamist Policies Toward the West130
8The Geopolitical Dimension137
Areas of Confrontation137
The Mediterranean138
Turkey's Borders with "Christian" States in the Balkans139
Central Asia141
China143
The Indian Subcontinent144
Southeast Asia146
Africa147
North America148
9The Strategic Dimension151
A Clash of Strategic Cultures?151
Deterrence and Extended Deterrence154
Borderlands Revisited156
Islam, Third World Conflict, and Western Intervention159
10Conclusions163
Salience of the Islamic Factor163
The Rise of Political Islam164
Islam and the West in the International System166
Policy Implications171
Selected Bibliography175
About the Authors181
About the Book182
Index183

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