Islamic Fundamentalism as political ideology

Author: Virginia MIRCEA

Publishing house: Semne, 2009

Virginia Mircea is licenced in legal and communication sciences, she has a master and a PhD degree in international relations. Since 2002 she is President of the Romanian Education and Long Development Center and chief editor of the magazine Political dial. Islam and the world fate, Islamic Fundamentalism as political ideology, not only remainds but also analyses the fundamentalist thinking trends and the characteristics of the religious fundamentalism and of terrorism generated by Islamic fundamentalism. The book comprises a great number of scenarios on the Islam evolution up to 2050.

The Islamic Fundamentalism, as an ideology, rose at the same time with the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, the revolution's purpose being that of removing the Western influences and of coming back to the "lost fame", of imposing the Islamic law (Sharia) and of establishing some authoritarian and dictatorial regimes.

The current work also analyses the way in which the Islamic religion is changed into a political ideology and the way in which leaders of Islamic mouvements, once getting the power, set up a totalitarian political regime based on religion, single party, and terror.

The work's author assesses the current situation as getting worsen, the opposition Islam - West getting worsen, the nuclear situation of the Middle East continues to amplify the crisis in the region, a nuclear Iran is changing the strategic map of the region, the Pakistani Islamists have chances to win democratic elections, in Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia the Islamic extremism is more difficult to be controlled and Jihad gains new followers. The Great Powers are bussy with settling inner problems or with maintaining the areas of influence. Europe cannot interfere in the international issues on her own, the UN remains a paralised institution but terrorism becomes more and more intense and is determining the Western countries to take severe control measures which restict also the citizens rights, tolerance, multi-culturalism, and civil rights.

The risks coming from the change of some local conflicts into regional conflicts or even into international conflicts are not excluded, and while the non-proliferation has become out of date, the use of the nuclear weapon by the parts involved in the conflict is also not excluded. Asia, in spite of cultural and religious diversity, is more and more developing a continental identitary conscience which is not less than the Euro-Atlantic one even if the dominant way of governing is authoritarianism, less in India where Hinduism with its extremisms is reviving.

The book, entirely, pushes to a profound reflexion on the processes and dangers of the contemporary world, offering a relevant analysis of the terrorism strategy and purpose which aims at a global confrontation through an open war between the two dominant religions of the world. The subject of this inevitable conflict can also be met in Huntington's works, and he has taken over and developed the Toynbee's thesis acording to which the civilisation is based on religion, explaining the history as a result of the clash between civilisation and religions.


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