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The Christian-Muslim Frontier

A Zone of Contact, Conflict or Co-operation, 1st Edition

By Mario Apostolov


208 pages

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The Christian-Muslim Frontier describes the historical formation of this zone, and its contemporary dimensions: geopolitical, psychological, economic and security. Special attention is given to the concept of state-frontiers, to the effects of the uneven development of nation states and the contemporary interspersing of communities, which creates new functional frontiers. Further, the frontier is described as a mental construction, imagined by people in their search for social order, individual and collective security.

Apostolov demonstrates that it is the political and economic situation of the local people that determines whether these frontiers result in conflict or cooperation. Rather than imposing unilateral principles of good governance, and to ensure cooperation prevails in Christian-Muslim relations, he argues that world society needs to undertake multilateral efforts to build participatory political institutions that accommodate groups with different identities.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Concept of the Christian-Muslim Frontier as a Zone of Contact 2. History of the Christian-Muslim Frontier 3. Modern Nation States and the Frontier 4. Interspersing Communities and the Postmodern Functional Frontier 5. Geopolitics of the Frontier 6. The Christian-Muslim Frontier as a Psychological Creation 7. International Security Dimension of the Frontier 8. The Economic Dimension of the Frontier Conclusion

About the Author

Mario Apostolov currently works for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. He is also a visiting scholar at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, where he took his PhD.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

This series includes the latest research on a broad range of topics from the social sciences and humanities. It aims to provide a comprehensive forum for cutting edge monographs and edited volumes on this vital region and religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
RELIGION / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies