Islam in International Relations: Politics and Paradigms analyses the interaction between Islam and IR. It shows how Islam is a conceptualization of ideas that affect people’s thinking and behaviour in their capacity to relate with IR as both discipline and practice.

This approach challenges Western-based and defined epistemological and ontological foundations of the discipline, and by doing so contributes to worlding IR as a field of study and practice by presenting and discussing a broad range of standpoints from within Islamic civilization. The volume opens with the presentation and discussion of the international thought of a major Muslim leader, followed by a chapter that addresses the ethical practice of IR, from traditional pacifism to modern Arab political philosophy. It then switches to applying constructivism as a tool to understand Islam in world affairs and proceeds to address the issue of how the ethnocentric approach of Western academia has hindered our understanding of world affairs. The volume moves on to address the ISIS phenomenon, a current urgent issue in world affairs, and closes with a look at Islamic geopolitics.

This comprehensive collection will be of great interest to students, scholars and policy-makers with a focus on the Muslim world.

chapter 1|17 pages

Analysing and theorizing Islam and IR

Non-Western international relations and geocultural epistemologies

chapter 2|21 pages

The Khamenei Doctrine

Iran’s leader on diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations

chapter 3|23 pages

The Arab right to difference

Taha Abderrahmane’s concept of the awakened youth and the formation of modern Arab Nationhood

chapter 4|21 pages

Reconciling Islam and pacifism

A traditionalist approach

chapter 5|17 pages

Constructivism in the Islamic approach to International Relations

Davutoğlu and Qutb as case studies

chapter 6|24 pages

Beyond terrorism and disorder

Assessing Islamist constructions of world order

chapter 7|22 pages

Struggling for post-secular hegemony

Causal explanations for religious discrimination in the Islamic Republic of Iran

chapter 8|23 pages

Belying the human web

Islam, international affairs and the danger of a single story

chapter 9|15 pages

Foreign policies of political Islam movements

Of the use and reconstruction of an ideological reference

chapter 10|16 pages

The geopolitics of the Wahhabi movement

From the “neglected duty” to Daesh

chapter 12|15 pages

Towards an Islamic geopolitics

Reconciling the Ummah and territoriality in contemporary International Relations