The Muslim World

The Muslim World




Part of the Global Issues series, The Muslim World is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on a key challenge facing the world today. Each volume in the series contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's affect in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research tools, such as brief biographies, facts and figures, an annotated bibliography, and more. A foreword written by an expert in the field complements each volume. A chronology, glossary, and index provide additional help.

For more than three decades, U.S. foreign policy has focused with increasing intensity on countries in which the majority of the people are Muslim, practitioners of the religion known as Islam. Global Issues: The Muslim World explores Muslim societies across the world, outlining their history, traditions, and the great diversity among them.

What is the Muslim world's quarrel with the United States and with the West in general? Are Islamic fundamentalists, or Muslims in general, opposed to modernity? Are the problems of the Muslim world a legacy of Western imperialism? Are they the result of U.S. intervention? Do Muslims feel they have a religious duty to fight until the whole world worships as they do? Some of these questions have definitive answers, and some do not. No one book can settle them all, but Global Issues: The Muslim World attempts to provide readers with a firmer grounding on the subject and a basis for further research. It maps out, in a clear and concise manner, the challenges facing Muslim societies today, outlines the roots of these challenges, and connects them with the history, economy, and politics of other regions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816080861
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Series: Facts on File Global Issues Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Graphs, and Tables ix

Foreword Jeffrey T. Kenney xi

Part I At Issue

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

What' Is the Muslim World? 3

Problems Facing the Muslim World 4

Tradition versus Modernization 6

Petropolitics and the Resource Curse 13

A Short History of Islam 15

Chapter 2 Focus on the United States 29

Muslims in the United States 32

U.S. Interest in the Middle East 46

Conflicts between the United States and the Middle East 50

Chapter 3 Global Perspectives 83

Indonesia 83

Algeria 95

The United Arab Emirates 109

The Taliban 116

Part II Primary Sources

Chapter 4 United States Documents 127

Chapter 5 International Documents 195

General 195

Indonesia 211

Algeria 227

The United Arab Emirates 232

The Taliban 243

Part III Research Tools

Chapter 6 How to Research the Muslim World 265

Choosing a Subject 265

Challenge Assumptions 265

Stay on Target 266

Understanding Sources 267

Evaluating Sources 273

A Special Note about Perceptions of the Muslim World 275

Chapter 7 Facts and Figures 277

Introduction 277

Focus on the United States 280

Global Perspectives 288

Chapter 8 Key Players: A to Z 293

Chapter 9 Organizations and Agencies 306

Organizations and Agencies Based Within North America 306

Organizations and Agencies Based Outside North America 312

Chapter 10 Annotated Bibliography 319

Political and Economic Reform in the Muslim World 319

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Muslim World 326

General Background on Islam and the Muslim World 330

Historical and Contemporary Islam 333

Islamic Militancy 336

Chronology 342

Glossary 358

Index 362

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