Islam in International Relations: Politics and Paradigms analyses the interaction between Islam and IR. It shows how Islam is a conceptualization of ideas that affect people’s thinking and behaviour in their capacity to relate with IR as both discipline and practice.
This approach challenges Western-based and defined epistemological and ontological foundations of the discipline, and by doing so contributes to worlding IR as a field of study and practice by presenting and discussing a broad range of standpoints from within Islamic civilization. The volume opens with the presentation and discussion of the international thought of a major Muslim leader, followed by a chapter that addresses the ethical practice of IR, from traditional pacifism to modern Arab political philosophy. It then switches to applying constructivism as a tool to understand Islam in world affairs and proceeds to address the issue of how the ethnocentric approach of Western academia has hindered our understanding of world affairs. The volume moves on to address the ISIS phenomenon, a current urgent issue in world affairs, and closes with a look at Islamic geopolitics.
This comprehensive collection will be of great interest to students, scholars and policy-makers with a focus on the Muslim world.
1. Analyzing and Theorizing about Islam and IR: Non-Western International Relations and Geocultural Epistemologies 2. The Khamenei Doctrine: Iran’s Leader on Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and International Relations 3. The Arab Right to Difference: Taha Abderrahmane’s Concept of the Awakened Youth, and the Formation of Modern Arab Nationhood 4. Reconciling Islam and Pacifism: A Traditionalist Approach 5. Constructivism in the Islamic Approach to International Relations: Davutoglu and Qutb as Case Studies 6. Beyond Terrorism and Disorder: Assessing Islamist Constructions of World Order 7. Struggling for Post-Secular Hegemony: Causal Explanations for Religious Discrimination in the Islamic Republic of Iran 8. Belying the Human Web: Western Perceptions of Islam and the Danger of a Single Story 9. Foreign Policies of Political Islam Movements: Of the Use and Reconstruction of an Ideological Reference 10. The Geopolitics of the Wahhabi Movement: From the "Neglected Duty" to Daesh 11. Islamic State’s notion of ‘mobile’ Sovereignty/Territoriality in a Postsecular Perspective 12. Towards an Islamic Geopolitics: Reconciling the Ummah and Territoriality in Contemporary International Relations (IR)
"This is the most valuable contribution that this volume (considered in its totality) makes to IR: it widens the Western gaze and IR understandings of and from other realities, in this case, the “Islamic civilisation”. This volume broadens IR from within, and rather than providing a critique from outside the discipline it engages critically with IR’s main established politics and paradigms and it reconciles them and broadens them through engagement with Islamic precepts."
Alice Martini Dirpolis, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy and Political Science and International Relations Department, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid Spain