9780742558564

When Worlds Collide Exploring the Ideological and Political Foundations of the Clash of Civilizations

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  • ISBN13:

    9780742558564

  • ISBN10:

    0742558568

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-08-02
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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Summary

This provocative and timely book challenges conventional wisdom that the introspective Wahhabi movement or classic Islamic doctrines are the root causes of modern Middle East terrorism. Instead, the author persuasively argues that current regional unrest stems directly from internal perceptions of relative political and economic deprivation as well as from ad hoc abortive efforts by tunnel-visioned Western intelligence agencies to co-opt radical regional political-religious elements as opposing forces against other emerging global ideologies deemed more politically dangerous at the time.

Author Biography

Gene W. Heck serves as an adjunct professor of government and history with the University of Maryland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Concept of "Jihad" in Historic Contextp. 17
On the Islamic Doctrine of Warp. 33
Getting From "There" to "Here"p. 45
Jihad: Do Wahhabis Get a Bad Rap?p. 65
Eastern Designs and Holy Warp. 83
How Western Jihad Created Al-Qaedap. 95
Is Western Democracy the Answer?p. 109
Is Eastern Capitalism the Answer?p. 125
Epilogue: Reaping the Whirlwindp. 141
Appendices
Islam's Code of Conduct for Engaging Foreign Policyp. 161
Islam's Code of Conduct for Waging "Just War"p. 175
Islam's Code of Conduct for Pursuing "Just Peace"p. 191
The Use of Qur'anic Verses as Militant Propagandap. 205
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 249
About the Authorp. 261
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