This text provides an in-depth analysis of the politics and organization of Muslim autocracies, radical Islamist movements, and democracies, explaining their influence on the never-ending conflicts in the Middle East.
• Bibliography contains numerous Arab and Muslim-authored works rarely cited in the West, but are highly influential on Arab political thought and Islamic social mobilization
• Provides a glossary of dozens of critical Islamic concepts like Ijtihaad, Ulema, Awqaf, Zakat, Taqfir, and Hudna that are key to understanding Middle Eastern sociopolitical and diplomatic discourse
• An index of concepts, persons, locations, and events allows quick access to information by grouping similar concepts or directing the reader to related terms
About the Author
Erik A. Claessen is a lieutenant colonel serving in the Strategy Department of the Belgian Joint Staff. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, where he earned a master of military arts and sciences degree.