Islam and ‘the Clash of Civilizations’?

An Historical Perspective

Authored by: Howard V. Brasted , Adeel Khan

Routledge Handbook of Political Islam

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415484732
eBook ISBN: 9780203154144
Adobe ISBN: 9781136577239


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When it was first speculatively advanced in a 1993 article in Foreign Affairs, Huntington’s ‘clash of civilizations’ thesis was roundly and at times roughly criticized by Western scholars (Foreign Affairs 1993; ASAA Review 1994). Not only was his key argument, that future conflict would acquire a cultural dimension and be conducted between different civilizations, derided as advancing a totally fanciful model of international relations, but also his core prediction, that as historically colliding civilizations the West and a resurgent Islam were poised to launch this new kind of global war, was condemned as intrinsically flawed.

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