Radical Engagements: Essays on Religion, Extremism, Politics, and Libya by Aref Ali Nayed

Radical Engagements: Essays on Religion, Extremism, Politics, and Libya

byAref Ali NayedForeword byJerry White

Paperback | May 28, 2017

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This volume bring together the writings of one of the Muslim world’s leading theologians, Aref Ali Nayed, on religion, politics, extremism, and the Libyan Revolution. The author was a leading figure in the Libyan Revolution, and is one of the rare scholars who has been able to combine knowledge of governance and statecraft, but also reflect on the role of religion and the effects and consequences of revolutions.This is a unique collection of essays, monographs, op eds, speeches, and interviews published over the last five years and brought together for the first time as an anthology.


Aref Ali Nayed is Former Ambassador of Libya to the UAE and Founder and Chairman of Kalam Research & Media (KRM).
Title:Radical Engagements: Essays on Religion, Extremism, Politics, and LibyaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.61 inPublished:May 28, 2017Publisher:Kalam Research & MediaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9948236106

ISBN - 13:9789948236108

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Table of Contents


1. Beyond Fascism: New Libya Actualized 3

2. Libya: From Revolutionary Legitimacy to Constitutional Legitimacy 13

3. ISIS in Libya: Winning the Propaganda War 32

4. Overcoming ISIS in Libya: Towards a Disaster Recovery Plan 42

5. Libya and the Tyranny of the Minority 47


6. The Crisis of Theology in the Modern World 53

7. Extremism, Trauma, and Therapy 73

8. On Tribal Reconciliation 85

9. Speech at World Economic Forum Davos 88

10. The Libyan Revolution and Its Future: A Conversation with Stourton 91

11. The Religious Dimension of the Arab Spring 117

12. The Libyan Revolution: Experiences and Future Challenges 136

13. The Dilemma of the Arab Spring: Freedom and Rootedness 156


14. Libya Herald Interview 177

15. BBC Hardtalk Interview 198

16. How the Libyan Revolution was Hijacked 209

17. CNN Interview 217

18. David Webb Interview I 220

18. David Webb Interview II 236

Editorial Reviews

“I have had the privilege of working with a range of world leaders across public, private, and social sectors—from Their Majesties King Hussein and Queen Noorto Diana, Princess of Wales, U.N.Secretary General Kofi Anan, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Leadership comes in all shapes and sizes, but rarely do you find an individual who seamlessly integrates theological, philosophical, political, economic,religious, and social network analysis.More rare is the individual who can apply these diverse strands to the urgent challenges of our day, including the resurgence of religion-related violence—the mass killing in the name of God.” — from the Foreword by Professor Jerry White, Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work on the International Campaign to Ban Landmines