Islam and International Relations: Exploring Community and the Limits of Universalism (Global Dialogues: Developing Non-Eurocentric IR and IPE)
By: Faiz Sheikh (author)Paperback
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International Relations tends to rely on concepts that developed on the European continent, obscuring the fact that its history is far less 'international' than one might expect. But in today's global world, who does this ignore and marginalize? And what impact does that have on the discipline's potential to assess world politics? This book explores an Islamic approach to the 'international', showing that Islam can contribute keen insights into how we 'do' IR, and how we might change that practice to be more inclusive, while also highlighting the limits of an 'Islamic International Relations'. Exploring conceptualizations of community and difference in Islamic traditions, the book relates these notions to concepts that are considered universal in IR, such as state-based politics and the necessity for secularism. In this way, the book shows how the study of political Islam might help to interrogate and redefine key concepts within international politics. In a world of continuing polarization between 'Islam' and 'the West', this book offers IR a chance to engage in a constructive dialogue with Islamic traditions, in order to better understand global politics.
Faiz Sheikh is a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He is involved in the European Commission funded Initial Training Network, Power and Region in a Multipolar World, a collaborative project involving 11 institutions across 9 countries. He has published articles in Politics, Religion & Ideology.
Acknowledgements / List of Abbreviations / Glossary of Arabic Terminology / 1. Introduction / PART I: CRITIQUING INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS / 2. Islam(ism) and International Relations / 3. International Relations, Islam, and the Secular Bias / 4. A Framework for Studying Religion in International Relations / PART II: DEVELOPING ALTERNATIVES / 5: Sovereignty and Political Islam / 6. Accounting for Community / PART III: PLURALISM OR POLARIZATION: POSTSTRUCTURALISM AND RELIGION / 7. Value Pluralism and the 'International' of International Relations / 8. Conclusion / Bibliography / Index
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