236 pages | 1 B/W Illus.
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.
"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
1. Analyzing and Theorizing about Islam and IR: Non-Western International Relations and Geocultural Epistemologies
Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Raffaele Mauriello, and Deina Abdelkader
2. The Khamenei Doctrine: Iran’s Leader on Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Seyed Mohammad Marandi and Raffaele Mauriello
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
Muhammad Haniff Hassan
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
Nicholas P. Roberts
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
Marina Eleftheriadou and Sotiris Roussos
12. Towards an Islamic Geopolitics: Reconciling the Ummah and Territoriality in Contemporary International Relations (IR)
Jason E. Strakes
Historically, the International Relations (IR) discipline has established its boundaries, issues, and theories based upon Western experience and traditions of thought. This series explores the role of geocultural factors, institutions, and academic practices in creating the concepts, epistemologies, and methodologies through which IR knowledge is produced. This entails identifying alternatives for thinking about the "international" that are more in tune with local concerns and traditions outside the West. But it also implies provincializing Western IR and empirically studying the practice of producing IR knowledge at multiple sites within the so-called ‘West’.
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Series Editors: Arlene B. Tickner, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia, David Blaney, Macalester College, USA and Inanna Hamati-Ataya, University of Cambridge, UK
Founding Editor: Ole Wæver, University of Copenhagen, Denmark