By John M. Owen
How may still the Western international this present day reply to the demanding situations of political Islam? Taking an unique method of solution this question, Confronting Political Islam compares Islamism’s fight with secularism to different lengthy ideological clashes in Western background. by way of studying the earlier conflicts that experience torn Europe and the Americas—and how they've been supported via underground networks, fomented radicalism and revolution, and caused international interventions and foreign conflicts—John Owen attracts six significant classes to illustrate that a lot of what we expect approximately political Islam is wrong.
Owen makes a speciality of the origins and dynamics of twentieth-century struggles between Communism, Fascism, and liberal democracy; the overdue eighteenth- and nineteenth-century contests among monarchism and republicanism; and the 16th- and seventeenth-century wars of faith among Catholics, Lutherans, Calvinists, and others. Owen then applies rules realized from the successes and blunders of governments in the course of those conflicts to the modern debates embroiling the center East. He concludes that ideological struggles last more than most folks presume; ideologies aren't monolithic; overseas interventions are the norm; a kingdom will be either rational and ideological; an ideology wins whilst states that exemplify it outperform different states throughout a number measures; and the ideology that wins could be a surprise.
Looking on the heritage of the Western international itself and the fraught questions over how societies could be ordered, Confronting Political Islam upends a number of the traditional knowledge concerning the present upheavals within the Muslim international.
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