Civilizational Dialogue and World Order: The Other Politics of Cultures, Religions, and Civilizations in International Relations by M. MichaelCivilizational Dialogue and World Order: The Other Politics of Cultures, Religions, and Civilizations in International Relations by M. Michael

Civilizational Dialogue and World Order: The Other Politics of Cultures, Religions, and…

EditorM. Michael, Fabio Petito

Hardcover | June 16, 2009

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At a time of widespread political turmoil and violence, critics have labeled the notion of dialogue idealistic, naïve, rhetorical, even dangerous. Yet, the dialogue of cultures, religions and civilisations is probably the only way forward. Without dialogue, it is hard to see how we can make sense of the present, let alone plan for the future. Put simply, dialogue is an idea whose time has come. By bringing together some of the leading scholars in the field, the book comes at a very critical moment in the debate on civilization by responding to the lack of scholarly attention by international relations and political theorists as to how the discourse of dialogue of cultures, religions and civilizations can contribute to the future of world order.

Dr Michális S. Michael is a Research Fellow at La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue, an Honorary Research Fellow at its School of Social Sciences, and a Fellow at the Contemporary European Research Centre, University of Melbourne. He was taught extensively on international relations and is involved in various research projects su...
Title:Civilizational Dialogue and World Order: The Other Politics of Cultures, Religions, and…Format:HardcoverDimensions:308 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:June 16, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction:  Imperial Monologue vs. Dialogue of Civilizations--Michális S. Michael & Fabio Petito * PART I: Dialogue of Cultures, Religions and Civilizations: Theoretical Reflections * Justice and Cross-Cultural Dialogue: From Theory to Practice--Fred R. Dallmayr * Terror, Counter-terror, and Self-destruction: Living with Regimes of Narcissism and Despair--Ashis Nandy *  Anti-Cosmopolitanism, the Cosmopolitan Harm Principle and Global Dialogue--Richard Shapcott * Finding Appropriate Forms of Dialogue for Engaging with the Politics of Security--Phillip Darby * Dialogue among and within Faiths for the Weaving of a Culture of Peace--Toh Swee-Hin * The Impact of Religious Diversity and Revitalisation on the Possibility of Dialogue--Gary D. Bouma & Rod Ling * PART II: The Relevance of Dialogue for ‘World Order’ in the Post 9/11 Context * The Dialogue of Civilisations in the Era of Imperial Decline--Joseph A. Camilleri * Monologue of Empire versus Global Dialogue of Cultures: The Branding of ‘American Values’--Manfred B. Steger * Quo Vadis--the Dialogue of Civilizations?--Chandra Muzaffar * Dialogue among Civilizations as an Alternative Model for World Order--Fabio Petito * European Civilization and the Muslim World: Clash, Dialogue, What Else?--Armando Salvatore * History, Memory, and the Dialogue of Civilizations: The Case of Northeast Asia--Michael T. Seigel * Speaking the Truth: Openness and Dialogue of Civilizations--Zhang Longxi

Editorial Reviews

“What makes this volume of essays so important is its coherent dedication to the timely theme of dialogue among civilizations—not as a generic humanitarian and pacifist aspiration, but as a central preoccupation for international relations…Only a dialogue between the West—particularly the European West—and the other great civilizations, especially the Islamic and the Chinese-Confucian ones, will save humanity from a second September 11th and the outbreak of a third world war.”--Danilo Zolo, Director of Jura Gentium: Journal of Philosophy of International Law and Global Politics“Civilizational Dialogue and World Order is an important and thought provoking read. Its editors, Michális S. Michael and Fabio Petito, have brought together an impressive group of experts in a first class analysis of dialogue in an age of globalism and its challenge to international theory and politics.”--John L. Esposito, University Professor and Professor of Religion & International Affairs, Georgetown University and co-author of Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think“We are all different and difficult to bring together. However, we are also all united by numerous—positive and negative—cultural, political, economic and geographical interconnections. Empires and ideologies have disappeared; distances have been curtailed. In coming to know each other, by recognizing Otherness, connections, distances, proximities and hybridities, we are practicing that art of living together (con-vivere), which is the outgrowth of political realism as well as human and religious hope…This is the realization of a global civilization comprised of many civilizations—if one may use this expression—or of many cultural, religious and political worlds. The awareness for the need of such a civilization of living together may be the beginning of a new common culture shared by different people of diverse cultures.”--Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio“A brilliantly edited volume that brings together a series of significant contributions to a fundamental rethinking of the nature of world order, conceived as the relations among civilizations rather than among sovereign states. This is an exciting new frontier for all forms of global studies, and is a challenging, timely, and stimulating volume for both classroom use and for the general reader.”--Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law, Princeton University