Islam in this twenty-first century is caught between three inter-related forces - globalization, international terrorism and the rise of the American Empire. This book examines those forces from the perspective of the rise and fall of civilizations. If Edward Gibbon and Arnold Toynbee could trace the decline of the Roman Empire to the challenge of Christianity, should we now anticipate the decline of the American Empire through the challenge of Islam?
Ali Mazrui analyses the stresses and strains of relations between Islam and the West in this era of tense globalization. Issues of church and state within societies interact with issues of ideology and power in foreign relations.
ALI A. MAZRUI was Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton and Senior Scholar in African Studies at Cornell University
North America: Africa World Press; Kenya: EAEP
I North-South: The Political Divide - The imperial culture of North-South relations: the case of Islam & the West - The global hostage crisis: the South between underdevelopment & counter-terrorism - The Third World & international terrorism - Globalization between the market & the military: a Third World perspective II Occident-Orient: The Cultural Divide - Has a clash of civilizations begun?: from the cold war of ideology to a hot war of religion - Pax Islamica: Muslim values between war & peace - Terrorism & the global image of Islam: power, passion & piety - The truth between terror & tyranny: the United States, Israel & hegemonic globalization - Comparative terror from Shaka to Sharon: revolutionary, racial, religious & state violence - The nuclear option & international justice: Islamic perspectives III Domestic-International: The 'Global' Divide - The Black experience & the American empire: between globalization & counter-terrorism - Black intifadah: the Mau Mau uprising & the Palestinian resistance in comparative perspective - Africa & Islam in the aftermath of September 11: between hope & peril IV Towards A Marriage Of Civilizations - Islam between Christian allies & Western adversaries: a new re-alignment? - Islamic & Western values - Globalization, Islam & the West: between homogenization & hegemonization - The United Nations & the Muslim world: allies or adversaries? - A cultural betrothal?: Euro-American norms & Islamic values