Islam, the Middle East and the New Global Hegemony

Islam, the Middle East and the New Global Hegemony

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Simon Murden investigates how Muslim societies in the Middle East are being affected by globalized politics and economics and how they are adapting to it. Murden describes how a Western-designed set of economic and political norms, institutions and regimes has come to be a hegemonic system. His focus is on the encounter between the Islamic vision of society, with its emphasis on community and social control, and the Western liberal vision of economic liberation and individual choice. Attempting to make sense of the various political purposes to which Islam is being put in Middle Eastern states, he explores the response of the Islamic world to the penetration of the liberal political agenda. Moving the debate beyond the polarization engendered by the "clash of civilizations" thesis, Murden reveals the complex interactions between Islam and the West that are shaping Middle Eastern politics.show more

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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • maps
  • 1588260593
  • 9781588260598

Table of contents

Introduction. - Reconstructing the Post-Cold War World: Islam in the Cultural Discourse of Globalization. - The Middle East in the Pax Americana. - The Impact of the Global Economy in the Countries of the Middle East. - The Islamic Revolt and the Politics of Paralysis. - Islam and the Liberal Idea. - Islam in the International System: A Future of Conflict or Cooperation?show more

About Simon Murden

Simon Murden is lecturer in Middle Eastern studies in the Department of International Politics, University of Plymouth. He is author of Emergent Regional Powers and International Relations in the Gulf, 1988-1991.show more

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