Borders of Islam: Exploring Samuel Huntingtons Faultlines, from Al-Andalus to Virtual Ummah

Hardcover | July 15, 2009

EditorStig Jarle Hansen, Atle Mesoy, Tuncay Kardas

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In his seminal work The Clash of Civilizations, Harvard professor Samuel P. Huntington claimed that conflict between cultural blocs, or civilizations, will dominate the future. More controversially, he predicted that future conflicts will occur on the borders between Western and Islamiccivilisations. The statements of Osama Bin-Laden seem to support his views: 'This battle is not between al-Qaeda and the US', he said in October 2001. 'This is a battle of Muslims against the Global Crusaders'. This specially commissioned set of essays sets out critically to examine the border zones of Islamic civilisation, be they geographical, cultural or virtual. The contributors explore the local dynamics in these zones to test whether or not they support or contradict Huntingdon's thesis of anemerging global confrontation between Islamic civilisation and its neighbours, be they Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or godless. Among the borders discussed are those where Muslims are the majority (Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Somalia, Pakistan, Turkey), those with very largeMuslim minorities (Philippines, Nigeria, India) and those where new faultlines have been created, either through migration (France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain) or technology (the internet). A commonthread running through the book is whether the rise of international Salafi jihadism can be traced to countries on the faultline between Islam and the non-Islamic world. The contributors conclude by arguing that many of the border regions of Islamic civilisation are influenced by mechanismsfar more complex than those highlighted in The Clash of Civilizations, suggesting that poverty and institutional failure, both often the result of war, tend to heighten religious awareness and practice, but that the effects of these phenomena differ from those suggested by Huntington.

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In his seminal work The Clash of Civilizations, Harvard professor Samuel P. Huntington claimed that conflict between cultural blocs, or civilizations, will dominate the future. More controversially, he predicted that future conflicts will occur on the borders between Western and Islamiccivilisations. The statements of Osama Bin-Laden s...

Stig Jarle Hansen is an Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Life Science in Norway. He specialises in the geopolitics of the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, as well as the links between religion, politics and war economies. Atle Mesoy is a researcher in political Islam. Tuncay Karadas teaches at S...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 5.79 × 8.82 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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