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

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

by Shireen T. Hunter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275962881

ISBN-13: 9780275962883

Pub. Date: 03/28/1998

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275962883
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Introduction1
The End of History and the Clash of Civilizations4
Islam's Salience11
Evolution of Religion and Secularism18
Real Cause of the Clash19
Goals and Methodology29
1.Unfolding of the Islamic Experience31
The Early Islamic Community: Myth and Reality31
Islamic Theory of Society and Polity33
Post-Prophetic Islamic Community: Persistence of Ethnic and Class Distinctions and the Early Fissure of the Community38
Islamic Conception of International Relations: Theory and Practice59
2.The Islamist Movement and Its Anti-Western Dimensions: Islamic Particularism or Sociopolitical Mutation?69
Origins of the Islamist Phenomenon71
Intensification of the Dualistic Development of Muslim Societies96
External Causes of the Rise of the Islamist Phenomenon106
Roots of the Islamist Phenomenon's Anti-Western Dimensions110
3.The Role of Islam in Shaping Foreign Policy: Case Studies of Iran and Saudi Arabia116
Modern Iran116
Saudi Arabia: A Different Kind of Islamic State151
Conclusions and Outlook for Islam-West Relations165
Notes171
Select Bibliography183
Index191
About the Author197

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