The Future of Islam and the West: Clash of Civilizations or Peaceful Coexistence? / Edition 1

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Shireen Hunter provides a pragmatic analysis of relations between Islam and the West, marked by specific cases from the contemporary Islamic/Western divide. Her book gives a realistic and accurate assessment of the relative role of civilizational factors in determining the nature of the state and the prospects for Muslim-Western relations (i.e., whether they will be conflictual or cooperative). Hunter answers the question: Can an accommodation between Islam and the West take place in a gradual and evolutionary manner or will it happen only after conflict and confrontation? And, contrary to Huntington's vaunted thesis in The Clash of Civiliazations and the Remaking of World Order (Simon & Schuster, 1996), she finds that the reality of modern Islam offers room for hope.
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This book explores the perils and possibilities of the West's relationship to the Muslim world. Hunter (Islamic studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies) looks at the history of Islam, the dualistic development of Muslim societies, the Islamist phenomenon, and the roots of the Islamist phenomenon's anti- Western dimensions. As case studies for her work, Hunter examines the role of Iran and Saudi Arabia in shaping foreign policy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275962883
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

SHIREEN T. HUNTER is senior associate in Islamic Studies at CSIS in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Unfolding of the Islamic Experience 31
The Early Islamic Community: Myth and Reality 31
Islamic Theory of Society and Polity 33
Post-Prophetic Islamic Community: Persistence of Ethnic and Class Distinctions and the Early Fissure of the Community 38
Islamic Conception of International Relations: Theory and Practice 59
2 The Islamist Movement and Its Anti-Western Dimensions: Islamic Particularism or Sociopolitical Mutation? 69
Origins of the Islamist Phenomenon 71
Intensification of the Dualistic Development of Muslim Societies 96
External Causes of the Rise of the Islamist Phenomenon 106
Roots of the Islamist Phenomenon's Anti-Western Dimensions 110
3 The Role of Islam in Shaping Foreign Policy: Case Studies of Iran and Saudi Arabia 116
Modern Iran 116
Saudi Arabia: A Different Kind of Islamic State 151
Conclusions and Outlook for Islam-West Relations 165
Notes 171
Select Bibliography 183
Index 191
About the Author 197
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