Whereas Area Studies and cross-border cooperation research conventionally demarcates groups of people by geographical boundaries, individuals might in fact feel more connected by shared values and principles than by conventional spatial dimensions. Knowledge Production, Area Studies and Global Cooperation asks what norms and principles lead to the creation of knowledge about cross-border cooperation and connection. It studies why theories, methods, and concepts originate in one place rather than another, how they travel, and what position the scholar adopts while doing research, particularly ‘in the field’.
Taking case studies from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, the book links the production of alternative epistemologies to the notion of global cooperation and reassesses the ways in which the concept of connectedness can be applied at the translocal and individual rather than the formal international and collective level.
Knowledge Production, Area Studies and Global Cooperation provides an innovative and critical approach towards established means of producing knowledge about different areas of the world, demonstrating that an understanding of pluri-local connectivity should be integrated into the production of knowledge about different areas of the world and the behavioural dimension of global cooperation. By shifting the view from the collective to the individual and from the formal to often invisible patterns of connectedness, this book provides an important fresh perspective which will be of interest to scholars and students of Area Studies, Politics, International Relations and Development Studies.
The problem of defining knowledge
Area studies and disciplines
Knowledge production, international relations and global cooperation
Part I: Alternative Epistemologies
Naguib Al-Attas: Islam and secularism
Isma’il Al-Faruqi: the tauhîdic worldview
Seyyed Hossein Nasr: sacred science
Fazlur Rahman: Islam and modernity
Evaluations of the Islamisation of knowledge project
IoK as a project of its time
Islamisation in education and its political reception in Malaysia and Indonesia
Primary to tertiary education
Indonesia and the tarbiyah movement
Diffusion into policymaking and economic practice
Laws and verdicts
Female perspectives on "Islamised" policymaking
Diffusion into economy
Assessing religion, economy and advocacy
Commodification, commercialization and aestheticisation of religion
The Islamisation of knowledge and its repercussions
Domestic political contexts
Beyond domestic politics
Islamic economy and sharî’aised workplaces
Gender justice and transnational Islamic feminism
Pulling the strings together
Part II: Areas and Pluri-Locality
Trans- and pluri-local settings
Trans- and pluri-local networks
Critical assessments of area studies
Scales and geographies
Areas and disciplines in postcolonial perspective
Cooperation on a global level
The cooperation hexagon and meccanomics
Religion and international cooperation
Epistemic approaches and behavioural dimensions
Knowledge production, area studies and global cooperation
The Routledge Global Cooperation series develops innovative approaches to one of the most pressing questions of our time – how to achieve cooperation in a culturally diverse and politically contested global world?
Many key contemporary problems such as climate change and forced migration require intensified cooperation on a global scale. Accelerated globalisation processes have led to an ever-growing interconnectedness of markets, states, societies and individuals. Many of today’s problems cannot be solved by nation states alone and require intensified cooperation at the local, national, regional and global level to tackle current and looming global crises.
We favour books that take an interdisciplinary approach and appeal to an international readership comprised of scholars and postgraduate students.
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Tobias Debiel, Dirk Messner, Sigrid Quack and Jan Aart Scholte are Co-Directors of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Their research areas include climate change and sustainable development, global governance, internet governance and peacebuilding. Tobias Debiel is Professor of International Relations and Development Policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Director of the Institute for Development and Peace in Duisburg, Germany. Dirk Messner is Director of the Institute for Environment and Human Security at the United Nations University in Bonn, Germany. Sigrid Quack is Professor of Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Jan Aart Scholte is Professor of Peace and Development at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Patricia Rinck is editorial manager of the series at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research.