Islam and International Relations: Fractured Worlds reframes and radically disrupts perceived understanding of the nature and location of Islamic impulses in international relations. This collection of innovative essays written by Mustapha Kamal Pasha presents an alternative reading of contestation and entanglement between Islam and modernity.
Wide-ranging in scope, the volume illustrates the limits of Western political imagination, especially its liberal construction of presumed divergence between Islam and the West. Split into three parts, Pasha’s articles cover Islamic exceptionalism, challenges and responses, and also look beyond Western international relations.
This volume will be of great interest to graduates and scholars of international relations, Islam, religion and politics, and political ideologies, globalization and democracy.
Table of Contents
Part I Islamic Exceptionalism
2. Liberalism, Islam, and International Relations
3. Human Security and Islam
4. Islam and the Postsecular
Part II Challenge and Response
5. Globalization and Cultural Conflicts
6. Fate of Democracy
7. Leadership in Challenging Times
Part III Beyond Western IR
8. Critical IR and Islam
9. Postorientalism and Civilizational Discourse
10. Ibn Khaldun and World Order
Mustapha Kamal Pasha is Chair in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, UK. He is the Editor of Globalization, Difference and Human Security (2013).
'This is a major book by one of the most original thinkers of Islam and IR of our time. Islam and International Relations: Fractured Worlds is a brilliant contribution to critical and postcolonial IR which tackles ways to overcome hegemonic thinking and explores the fractured character of alternatives. Through a series of brilliant essays he grapples with the problem of locating Islam within IR, but also imagines what it means to disrupt the self-evident "truths" of a Western political imagination whose consistent supplication of capturing frames of Islamic alterity has evaded glimpses in Islamic thought of a possibility of a truly global world order. This book allows us genuine insights into the ways we imagine we can live, and fail to live, in fractured worlds—and how we might imagine a world otherwise. It is quite simply a must-read.' - Anna M. Agathangelou, York University, Canada
'The discipline of International Relations, not only seeks to explain the political world, crucially it is also a part of it. This is why Islam and International Relations is important not only for how we think and theorize about Islam and international relations, but also for how we can come to a better understanding of culture and religion.' - Scott M. Thomas, University of Bath, UK
'This powerful, theoretically sophisticated and superbly written collection of essays lays bare the fractured nature of modern subjectivity. As such, it is required reading for all interested in the modern condition' - Giorgio Shani, International Christian University, Japan