Simon Murden investigates how Muslim societies in the Middle East
are being affected by globalized politics and economics and how
they are adapting to it. Murden describes how a Western-designed
set of economic and political norms, institutions and regimes has
come to be a hegemonic system. His focus is on the encounter
between the Islamic vision of society, with its emphasis on
community and social control, and the Western liberal vision of
economic liberation and individual choice. Attempting to make sense
of the various political purposes to which Islam is being put in
Middle Eastern states, he explores the response of the Islamic
world to the penetration of the liberal political agenda. Moving
the debate beyond the polarization engendered by the ""clash of
civilizations"" thesis, Murden reveals the complex interactions
between Islam and the West that are shaping Middle Eastern
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