The Politics of Chaos in the Middle East

The Politics of Chaos in the Middle East

by Olivier Roy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231700334

ISBN-13: 9780231700337

Pub. Date: 07/15/2009

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Olivier Roy, Europe's leading scholar of political Islam, argues that the "war on terror" has artificially conflated conflicts in the Middle East in such a way that they appear to be the expression of a widespread "Muslim anger" against the West. In reality, though, there are no us and them, only an array of "reverse alliances" that operate according

Overview

Olivier Roy, Europe's leading scholar of political Islam, argues that the "war on terror" has artificially conflated conflicts in the Middle East in such a way that they appear to be the expression of a widespread "Muslim anger" against the West. In reality, though, there are no us and them, only an array of "reverse alliances" that operate according to their own logic and dynamics.Roy unravels the complexity of these alliances in order to better understand the political discontent that sustains them. He also emphasizes that the war on terror should not be regarded merely as a geopolitical blunder committed by a fringe group of neoconservatives. It is instead a problematic outgrowth of our deeply rooted Western perceptions of the Middle East, including the belief that Islam, rather than politics, is the overarching factor in these conflicts. Roy ultimately finds that the West has no alternative but to engage in a dialogue with the political forces that truly matter—namely the Islamo-nationalists of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231700337
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Series:
Columbia/Hurst Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: The War on Terror: between Fourth World War and Optical Illusion

1. Who is the Enemy? Where is the Enemy?

2. The obsession with Iraq

3. An illusion: the weight of lobbies in the decision to invade Iraq

4. The project to reform the greater Middle East

5. The failure of the top-down democratisation policy

6. The return to a policy of containment or the eradication of Islamism

7. The Middle East: Atomisation of Conflicts and New Fault Lines

8. The three traumas of the Arab Middle East

9. The political imaginaire in crisis: between nationalism, clannism and supranationalism

10. From pan-Arabism to forms of pan-Islamism

11. A tectonic upheaval: Shiites against Sunnis

12. Iran, Between the Bomb and Bombardment

13. The Ahmadinejad phenomenon, parentheses or continuity? An American bombardment?

Conclusion: And Meanwhile, Al Qaeda

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