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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Politics, Problems, and Potential, 1st Edition

By Turan Kayaoglu


168 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the world’s leading international Islamic organization. Turan Kayaoglu provides the first accessible and concise introduction and overview of this important organization.

This book details the OIC’s struggle to address popular Muslim demands balanced against the member states’ reluctance to support the OIC politically and materially. Despite this predicament, the organization has made itself increasingly relevant over the last decade through increasing its visibility as the representative body of Muslim unity and promoting its role as a reliable interlocutor on behalf of Muslims in global society. Outlining the history, workings and goals of the OIC, the book also highlights key issues that may influence the OIC’s ability to realize its potential in the future.

This will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, international organizations and islamic studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Origins and the History of the OIC 3. Structure of the OIC 4. The OIC as a Platform for Inter-Islamic Politics 5. The OIC as a Global Actor 6. The OIC and International Human Rights 7. THe OIC and Global Social, Economic and Cultural Issues

About the Author

Turan Kayaoglu is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program of University of Washington, Tacoma.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General