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 understanding, explaining and answering one of the most pressing questions of our time – how can cooperation in a culturally diverse world of nine billion people succeed?
We are rapidly approaching our planet’s limits, with trends such as advancing climate change and the destruction of biological diversity jeopardising our natural life support systems. Accelerated globalisation processes lead to an ever growing interconnectedness of markets, states, societies, and individuals. Many of today's problems cannot be solved by nation states alone. Intensified cooperation at the local, national, international, and global level is needed to tackle current and looming global crises.
This interdisciplinary series welcomes proposals from a wide range of disciplines such as international relations and global governance, environment and sustainability, development studies, international law, history, political theory or economy which develop theoretical, analytical, and normative approaches concerning pressing global cooperation questions. We favour books that take an interdisciplinary approach and appeal to an international readership comprised of scholars and postgraduate students.
To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd (Helena.Hurd@tandf.co.uk).
Tobias Debiel, Claus Leggewie and Dirk Messner are Co-Directors of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Their research areas are, among others, Global Governance, Climate Change, Peacebuilding and Cultural Diversity of Global Citizenship. The three Co-Directors are, at the same time, based in their home institutions, which participate in the Centre, namely the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE, Messner) in Bonn, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF, Debiel) in Duisburg and The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI, Leggewie) in Essen.