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Alana Barrington Dye: What factors are essential for American interest in an internal conflict in the Muslim world?

Alana Barrington Dye: What factors are essential for American interest in an internal conflict in the Muslim world?

In her article “Libya: What’s Really Behind the US Action,” Liz Peek states: “Self interest is at the core of diplomacy.”[1] A state will act in a certain manner when it believes that it can benefit from this action. There are no selfless actions in international politics. The United States of America is a prime(…)

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Alana Barrington Dye: The Role of the US in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Alana Barrington Dye: The Role of the US in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Currently, the largest obstacle to a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine is the intervention of the United States. According to James L. Gelvin, the United States holds “‘99 percent of the cards’ in the region.”[1] As “the world’s only superpower,”[2] the United States could hypothetically be in a position to broker peace in the(…)

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Alana Barrington Dye: The Effects of Foreign Intervention

Alana Barrington Dye: The Effects of Foreign Intervention

It is important to note that Islam is not homogenous, and therefore, political Islam cannot be homogenous. There are regional differences in the application of Islamic values to state politics. West Asian Muslim states, such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, and East Asian Muslim states, such as Malaysia and Indonesia, are notably different in their applications(…)

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Alana Barrington Dye: The Wahhabi-Shi’i Encounter

Alana Barrington Dye: The Wahhabi-Shi’i Encounter

The Wahhabi-Shi’i encounter plays a critical role in the current politics of the Muslim world as well as the international world. With power and oil, this relationship is among the top three most important political factors in the region.[1] Vali Nasr argues that any attempts to democratize the region can only be effective if they(…)

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Alana Barrington Dye: Ideological Trends in the Modern Muslim World

Alana Barrington Dye: Ideological Trends in the Modern Muslim World

With the new age of Euro-American centric modernity, Muslim states of the Middle East and North Africa have struggled to find an ideological place in the new modern system. In his book Religion and State: The Muslim Approach to Politics, L. Carl Brown analyzes three prominent trends in the Islamic response to modernity: accomodationism, fundamentalism,(…)

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Alana Barrington Dye: Interfaith Relations in the Pre-Modern Muslim World

Alana Barrington Dye: Interfaith Relations in the Pre-Modern Muslim World

Pre-modern Muslim societies have been characterized by remarkable advances in art, science, technology, and literature. In addition, these societies can also be characterized by their incredible tolerance of and collaboration with other religions. In examining the examples of Al-Andalus and the Delhi sultanate, the interfaith relations of pre-modern Muslim societies can be characterized by the(…)

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Alana Barrington Dye: Collaboration Between Religion and Politics in the Early Muslim World

Alana Barrington Dye: Collaboration Between Religion and Politics in the Early Muslim World

It is inherently impossible to separate the religious aspects of early Islam from the politics of the region. Throughout its history, the religious elements of Islam have been directly linked to politics, international or otherwise. This trend can be traced all the way back to the time of Muhammad and the founding of Islam as(…)

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