The politics of chaos in the Middle East

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Columbia University Press,
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2008.
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Olivier Roy, scholar of political Islam, argues that the consequences of the "war on terror" have artificially conflated conflicts in the Middle East in such a way that they appear to be the expression of a widespread "Muslim anger" against the West. But in reality, there are no us and them. Instead, the West faces an array of "reverse alliances" that operate according to their own logic and dynamics.Roy unravels the complexity of these conflicts in order to better understand the political discontent that sustains them. He also emphasizes that the war on terror should not be regarded merely as a geopolitical blunder committed by a fringe group of neoconservatives. It is instead a problematic outgrowth of our deeply rooted Western perceptions of the Middle East, including the belief that Islam, rather than politics, is the overarching factor in these conflicts, thus explaining the West's support for either would-be secular democrats or (more or less) benign dictators. Roy's conclusion argues that the West has no alternative but to engage in a dialogue with the political forces that truly matter - namely the Islamo-nationalists of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
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subject_facet Middle East -- Foreign relations -- United States, Middle East -- Politics and government -- 21st century, United States -- Foreign relations -- Middle East, United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009
table_of_contents Who is the enemy? -- Where is the enemy? -- The obsession with Iraq -- An illusion : the influence of the lobbies in the decision to invade Iraq -- The greater Middle East reform project -- The failure of the top-down democratisation policy -- The return to a policy of curbing or eradicating Islamism -- The Middle East : fragmentation of the conflicts and new fault lines -- The three traumas of the Arab Middle East nationalism, clanism and supranationalism : a crisis of the political imagination -- From pan-Arabism to pan-Islamism -- A tectonic upheaval : Shia against Sunnis -- Iran poised between the nuclear bomb and bombardment -- The Ahmadinejad phenomenon, a glitch or part of a continuum? -- Will America bomb Iran? -- In the meantime, al-Qaeda.
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title The politics of chaos in the Middle East
title_alt Croissant et le chaos.
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