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America and Political Islam: Clash of Cultures or Clash of Interests? / Edition 1

America and Political Islam: Clash of Cultures or Clash of Interests? / Edition 1

by Fawaz A. Gerges


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This book provides a comprehensive account of the origins of American policy on political Islam, chronicling the policy debates on Islamism in the United States over the course of time. The author then delves deeper into the US political scene to analyze the historical, political, cultural, and security issues that might help explain America's preoccupation with Islam and Muslims. The book also addresses the clash of civilizations debate and assesses the relative importance of culture and values in the words and deeds of US officials on political Islam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521639576
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/28/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1. Framing American foreign policy; 2. The intellectual context of American foreign policy; 3. Islam and Muslims in the mind of America; 4. The Carter, Reagan, and Bush administrations' approach to the Islamists; 5. The Clinton administration: co-opting political Islam; 6. The Islamic Republic of Iran; 7. Algeria; 8. Egypt; 9. Turkey; 10. Conclusion.

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Richard Bulliet

Gerges' level-headed analysis superbly reveals the discrepancies between American words and American deeds. Though one might despair of our country ever having a coherent Middle East policy, dispassionate and thorough insight like this could be the beginning of wisdom.
— Columbia University

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