War and Peace in Islam: A Critique of Islamic/ist Political Discourses by SM Farid Mirbagheri

War and Peace in Islam: A Critique of Islamic/ist Political Discourses

bySM Farid Mirbagheri

Hardcover | March 13, 2012

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The question of conflict in Islam has now for sometime been interpreted in the Western diplomatic circles through the violent actions of fundamentalist groups and amongst many academics through a jurisprudential outlook. This work, however, views war and peace in Islam in a critical theoretical framework, in relation to systemic approaches to International Relations. In so doing it relies heavily on the teachings of Islamic mysticism. It suggests that empowering the individual to control him/herself within, as propounded in Sufism and as opposed to systemic approaches, is a prelude to establishing enduring global peace. Without internal tranquility, external harmony will be next to impossible.

About The Author

SM FARID MIRBAGHERI completed his secondary and higher education in the UK. He received his BA and PhD in International Relations from Keele University, England. He is currently a Professor of International Relations at the University of Nicosia, holder of the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies (sponsored by the A.G. Leventis Fo...

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Title:War and Peace in Islam: A Critique of Islamic/ist Political DiscoursesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:March 13, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230220614

ISBN - 13:9780230220614

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Islamic Discourses: Definitions and Background

Contextualising Islam or Islamicising Context: Debates on the Role of Islam in Politics

The Concepts of War and Peace and Their Comparative Position in an Islamic Context

The Question of Jihad

Current Conflicts and Muslim and Islamist States: Two Contemporary Cases

Conclusion

Postscript: A Few Words on the Sweeping Changes in the Middle East