Globalization and Civilizations challenges established assumptions about the nature of civilizations and the supposed inevitability of the conflict between the Islamic and Western worlds. Uniquely, this edited book critically interrogates the concept of 'civilization' by asking whether it is still valid in the globalized world economy of the twenty-first century. The first half of the book provides an historical and theoretical context to understand the idea of 'civilization' in political science and demonstrates how the various social, economic, political and cultural processes of globalization have radically altered perceptions of civilization. The second half of the book looks particularly at non-Western examples of the interaction between globalization and civilization and includes case studies on the Arab world, Islam, China, India and Europe
Mehdi Mozaffari is currently head of department of International Relations at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is a former Professor at Tehran University and a lecturer at Sorbonne, University of Paris.
'Globalization and Civilizations must be read by all serious scholars of civilizations, if only for the crucial elucidations of the complex ways in which contemporary global capitalism and civilizations are mutually constituted.' - Cooperation and Conflict