Forces of Fortune reveals that there is a vital but unseen rising force in the Islamic changing religious, social and political life along the way,” writes Vali Nasr. Vali Nasr, in his outstanding new book “Forces of Fortune,” shows that Qutb was at least half wrong. Globalization, free trade and market. Vali Nasr will present findings from his new book, Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean For Our World.

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Customers who viewed this item also viewed. This is essentially Nasr’s argument.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Anecdotes are used throughout the book with engaging writing to absorb the reader in his discussion of the historical trends in the region.

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An over-emphasis on secularism which has alienated much of the public by attempting to repress Islam Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Promoting reformism will not produce change or moderation.

Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. The Tragedy of the Middle East. However, conflict should not be expected to be completely negated. This “critical middle” will hopefully motivate emulation in other Muslim countries, but the West needs to take a more active role in fostering this growth. If the West hopes to achieve long term reform within the region, it must promote economic reforms that support the moderate Muslim middle class. Obama and the Middle East. Fundamentalism has not led to its broad adoption; the broad adoption of Islam has allowed fundamentalism to survive Best of all Nasr’s prose is easily accessible and relatable to the layman or to scholars.


Blending Islam with capitalism through tools like Islamic finance enable forgune west to connect with the growing middle-class of the Middle East, the center of gravity in many Muslim forxes societies. This cyclical pattern between the military and weak civilian regimes has created a downward spiral where each iteration produces fewer results and the military must grow more manipulative to maintain control Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

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There are numerous counters to this perspective. Nasr also makes a point to address popular misconceptions of events in the Middle East, providing a clear and thoughtful overview of many heavily debated topics. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This simple idea, however, is all too often confused nsar misconceptions about the nature of Islam. Muslim societies have maintained a large degree of power and influence for much of history.

Equally surprising is his assessment that Islamic extremism and anti-Americanism took hold in the region not because of an inevitable clash of cultures as other scholars have assertedbut because unlike other countries and regions a middle class failed to emerge in the 19th and 20th Centuries. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in learning more about Islam and the Arab world of today. Kemalsim and fundamentalism have both lost their appeal; the Middle East is now embracing pluralism I did think Nasr tended to treat the Shah a little too kindly.

Even though fundamentalism does claim that Muslims must live in a strictly Islamic society governed by an Islamic state, there is no model for how an Islamic state would function in practice or an agreement on what that model would look like.

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The Rise of Turkey. For example, Japan and the United States were highly integrated economically before World War II yet this did not prevent them from going to war. Learn more click to open popover Customers who viewed this item also viewed Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 This shopping feature will continue to load items.

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They have ushered in remarkable transformations already in Dubai, Turkey, and Indonesia, and they are the key to tipping the balance in both Iran and Pakistan. The threat of political and economic reform is what vzli to the clerical support for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vaoi and Winning the War against Future Jihad.

However, conflict should not be expected to be completely negated. Nasr produces some seriously thought provoking ideas and concepts here that hopefully will be debated and argued not only in the West, but in the Muslim world.

But more interesting points emerge, such as what Nasr calls the vail middle” Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, and Dubai where the emergence of an increasingly economically and politically powerful middle class is already exerting its influence. This is a wonderful combination of historical analysis and insightful reporting.