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Islam and the Myth of Confrontation: Religion and Politics in the Middle Eastby Fred Halliday
Synopses & Reviews
The collapse of communism and the rise of militant Islamic movements in the Middle East, raised the specter of a future dominated by the conflict between "Islam" and "the West". September 11 has only branded that notion onto the worlds consciousness. In this up-to-date edition of Halliday's classic text, he sets out to reject these interpretations. Considering the sources of Islamic militancy and analyzing the confrontational rhetoric of both Islamic and anti-Muslim demagogues, he provides an alternative, critical but cautious, reassessment.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 218-248) and index.
About the Author
Fred Halliday is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics.
Table of Contents
The September 11 Effect * Interpreting the Middle East * The Middle East and International Politics * The Iranian Revolution in Comparative Perspective * The Gulf War, 1990-91* Part Two Myths of Confrontation * Islam and the West: ‘Threat of Islam or ‘Threat to Islam? * Human Rights and the Islamic Middle East: Universalism and Relativism * Anti-Muslimism and Contemporary Politics: One Ideology or Many? * Conclusion: ‘Orientalism and its Critics
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