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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. You’ve successfully reported this review.

But even as Islam grows, fundamentalism is shrinking in the region.

This simple idea, however, is all too often confused with misconceptions about the nature of Islam. Fundamentalism is only practiced by a small minority in the Middle East and is not growing in influence. Start reading Nars of Fortune on your Kindle in under a minute. Write a customer review.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. One person found this helpful. That alone represents a considerable paradigm shift from the West’s longtime support of autocratic nations in the region who have failed to democratize and liberalize their economies and their societies.

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? A Wall in Palestine. This was further evidenced in the total omission of any reference to Iran’s hated and feared secret police during the Shah’s reign. Nasr asserts that the rise of a business-minded middle class is reshaping societies across the Muslim world and how the West engages this burgeoning middle class will provide the key to countering the threat from Islamic extremists and Iran. 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.


Fundamentalism has not led to its broad adoption; the broad adoption of Islam has allowed fundamentalism to survive As the middle class of the Middle East is allowed to progress economically, political reform will follow and tensions between the Middle East and the West will decline.

Vali Nasr’s Forces of Fortune

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second nsr. The Battle for the Arab Spring. While Nasr does not take a comprehensive position on what kinds of program will work best, he begins a dialog about changing direction.

I highly recommend this book if you are interested in learning more about Islam and the Arab world of today.

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Hubbard and William Duggan argue nasg private enterprise as a primary solution to poverty in The Aid Trap, Nasr argues that, the road to human rights, social freedoms, and democracy runs through business growth and economic progress.

In short, Nasr’s policy recommendations are likely to increase long-term development, consolidate democratic norms, and reduce tensions, corces they cannot be expected to bring complete stability and peace to the region.

A strong middle class within a thriving private sector can fuel political change, even when that middle class is Muslim and increasingly conservative. While there are Madrasahs that provide fanatical teachings, they are by no means the norm.


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Forces of Fortune, by Vali Nasr son of Seyyed Hossein Nasris an important contribution to our understanding of what is actually happening in the Muslim Middle East, as opposed to what Arab, Iranian, and Israeli propagandists are claiming. Please try again later.

The answer is most likely somewhere between the two perspectives.

Showing of 25 reviews. The West should support these efforts Vali Nasr presents an incredibly informative book.

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Eventually, Fortunne Leader Khamenei realized that continued economic reform would eventually demand political reform as well and began staunch opposition towards further reform by empowering the Revolutionary Guards with increased control of the economy.

This was followed by post-World War I colonialism where the West attempted to maintain control of much of the region by exploiting religious and ethnic divides The review must be at least 50 characters long. All of this has allowed competitors to emerge, namely Abu Dhabi and Qatar September 15, Imprint: There are no foundational “peace” theories within international relations, and for every model of peace, there is contrasting examples of that model leading to war.

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