U. S. Foreign Policy and Islamist Politics / Edition 1

U. S. Foreign Policy and Islamist Politics / Edition 1

by Ahmad S. Moussalli
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813031494

ISBN-13: 9780813031491

Pub. Date: 01/06/2008

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Many in the Arab world see globalization and democratization as symbols of Western imperialism. Fundamentalism has become a natural backlash to these ideas. However, Ahmad Moussalli claims that moderate Islam can actually accommodate modern globalization.
 
Moussalli argues that most popular and influential Islamic political groups adhere to positions

Overview

Many in the Arab world see globalization and democratization as symbols of Western imperialism. Fundamentalism has become a natural backlash to these ideas. However, Ahmad Moussalli claims that moderate Islam can actually accommodate modern globalization.
 
Moussalli argues that most popular and influential Islamic political groups adhere to positions that absorb pluralism, democracy, and human rights. But globalization in the Middle East is significantly hindered by the United States' policy failures in the region, which have generated a significant amount of distrust toward the idea.
 
The United States, as the only surviving superpower, must devise a post Cold War framework that would become the basis of new strategies and policies in the Middle East. Moussalli contends that globalization will succeed in the region only if Islamic societies can be persuaded that the concept is part of an Islamic worldview, not the materialistic view of the West.
 
With insightful and authoritative knowledge of Islamic organizations, including both moderate and radical groups, Moussalli calls for specific and practical changes in U.S. policy. He cites the stagnation of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the occupation of Iraq as critical obstacles to improving relations, warning that continuing the current policies will leave "a lasting negative perception of the United States as the enemy" in the Arab and Islamic worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813031491
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
01/06/2008
Edition description:
First
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
The West, U.S. Foreign Policy, and the Making of the Islamic Threat     13
The United States of America and the Western World: The Making of the Islamic Image     33
The Context and Ideologies of Islamist Politics     62
Case Studies on Islamic Movements     103
Two Case Studies: Iran and the Middle East Peace Process, and Islamic Movements after the Invasion of Iraq     137
Conclusion and Policy Recommendations     163
Notes     171
Bibliography     189
Index     217

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