War and Peace in Islam: A Critique of Islamic/ist Political Discourses

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Palgrave Macmillan, Mar 13, 2012 - Political Science - 214 pages
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The question of conflict in Islam has now for sometime been interpreted in the Western diplomatic circles through the violent actions of fundamentalist groups and amongst many academics through a jurisprudential outlook. This work, however, views war and peace in Islam in a critical theoretical framework, in relation to systemic approaches to International Relations. In so doing it relies heavily on the teachings of Islamic mysticism. It suggests that empowering the individual to control him/herself within, as propounded in Sufism and as opposed to systemic approaches, is a prelude to establishing enduring global peace. Without internal tranquility, external harmony will be next to impossible.
 

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Contents

Framework of Analysis and Setting the Questions
1
Definitions and Background
14
Debates on the Role of Islam in Politics
40
3 The Concepts of War and Peace and Their Comparative Positions in an Islamic Context
81
4 The Question of Jihad
115
Two Contemporary Cases
139
Conclusion
171
A Few Words on the Sweeping Changes in the Middle East
177
Notes
180
Index
209
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SM FARID MIRBAGHERI completed his secondary and higher education in the UK. He received his BA and PhD in International Relations from Keele University, England. He is currently a Professor of International Relations at the University of Nicosia, holder of the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies (sponsored by the A.G. Leventis Foundation) and the executive director of the Diplomatic Academy (affiliated to the University of Nicosia).