A Sense of Siege
Geopolitics of Islam and the West
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Sense of Siege by Graham E. Fuller
Book Description"The clash of civilizations" has become a common phrase in discussions of U.S.--Middle East relations. This book explores the nature of the friction between the Muslim world and Western states, looking at legitimate perceptions and grievances on both sides involving historical, political, economic, cultural, psychological, and strategic elements.Arguing that "Islam versus the West" does not represent the arena of the next global ideological struggle, the authors examine specific issues of a bilateral nature that require careful handling to prevent the consolidation of states into opposing blocs. They discuss Islam's efforts to politically enhance the real power of Muslim states and to equalize relations with the West in the strategic arena; the enlarged role of Islam in the internal politics of Muslim countries; and the urgency of political, economic, and social change to break away from traditional authoritarian orders. A central theme of the book is that political Islam threatens the established order in most Muslim countries far more than it threatens the West and that violent confrontation can best be circumvented by integrating Islamist forces into the political process.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813321493
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 23-Jan-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Graham E. Fuller
World without Islam, Paperback (September 2010)
A brilliant and provocative thought experiment that imagines a world in which Islam never existed.
New Turkish Republic, Paperback (December 2007)
Explores how, after a long period of isolation, Turkey is becoming a major player in Middle Eastern politics once again. Drawing on a range of Turkish and Western sources, this volume provides an introduction to one of the region's fascinating and complex countries.
Future of Political Islam, Paperback (May 2003)
September 11; vitriolic rhetoric against the United States by prominent Muslims; the war against terrorism shifts from Afghanistan to the Philippines and Indonesia. It is easy to believe Islam and Muslims are enemies of the West; it is also wrong.
Arab Shi'a, Paperback (September 2001)» View all books by Graham E. Fuller
This is the first book on the Arab Shi'a community, a group whose identity and relations to the rest of the Middle East cut to the heart of politics and society in the Arab and Muslim world.
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Author Biography - Graham E. Fuller
Graham E. Fuller is a senior political scientist at RAND. Ian O. Lesser is a member of the International Policy Department at RAND.
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