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Knowledge Production, Area Studies and Global Cooperation

1st Edition

By Claudia Derichs


202 pages

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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.     

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Knowledge Production, Area Studies and Global Cooperation
  2. The problem of defining knowledge

    Area studies and disciplines

    Knowledge production, international relations and global cooperation

    Part I: Alternative Epistemologies

  3. The Islamisation of Knowledge
  4. 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

  5. Review: Spill-over and diffusion
  6. Islamic resurgence

    Islamisation in education and its political reception in Malaysia and Indonesia

    Primary to tertiary education

    Campus dakwah


    Indonesia and the tarbiyah movement

    Transregional connections

    Diffusion into policymaking and economic practice

    Laws and verdicts

    Female perspectives on "Islamised" policymaking

    Diffusion into economy


  7. Empirical case studies: Islamic economy and Islamic feminism
  8. 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

  9. At Home Away from Home (Emotional Geographies)
  10. Trans- and pluri-local settings

    Knowledge entrepreneurs

    Trans- and pluri-local networks

    Translocal areas


  11. Tunnel Views in Area Studies
  12. Critical assessments of area studies

    Scales and geographies

    Areas and disciplines in postcolonial perspective


  13. Connectivity and Cooperation: Concluding Thoughts

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

About the Author

Claudia Derichs is Professor of Comparative Politics and International Development Studies at Philipps University Marburg, Germany, and a senior associate fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg, Germany. Her research interests are Muslim societies and political transition in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as gender and development studies in Asia and the Middle East. She has published various books and articles on Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and the Arab world, and is an advisor to several academic and political institutions, journals and think tanks. Prior to her studies of Japanese and Arabic, she worked as a journalist.

About the Series

Routledge Global Cooperation Series

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 (

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy