Forces of Fortune reveals that there is a vital but unseen rising force in the Islamic changing religious, social and political life along the way,” writes Vali Nasr. Vali Nasr, in his outstanding new book “Forces of Fortune,” shows that Qutb was at least half wrong. Globalization, free trade and market. Vali Nasr will present findings from his new book, Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean For Our World.

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This is essentially Nasr’s argument. Realism, the other dominant world view in international relations, would assert that states are inherently self-interested since there is no global power that can monopolize force. The Battle for the Arab Spring.

After the Arab Spring. As one of the foremost scholars and thinkers on Muslim society Vali Nasr has demonstrated his fodces insight into that world. Equally surprising is his assessment that Islamic extremism and anti-Americanism took hold in the region not because of an inevitable clash of cultures as other scholars have assertedbut because unlike other countries and regions a middle class failed to emerge in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

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He posits that a rising middle class—seen most dramatically in Dubai, but a force across the whole Muslim world—is far more interested in economic success than in fervent religiosity, even as many bring a distinctly Muslim approach to the business they do. The election of President Muhammad Khatami offered further hope for continued reform in The Future of the Middle East “In this fascinating and timely book, Vali Nasr argues lucidly that free trade, not sanctions, is the key to a democratic awakening in the Muslim world.


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Contrary to popular opinion that the CIA instigated the coup against Mossedegh that would allow the Shah to rise to power, General Zahedia was actually forrune primary actor in ousting Mossedegh The key to encouraging capitalism in the Middle East is through the businessmen of this middle-class, not the state-sponsored elite.

And if a backpacker and a comedian are not enough, Americans got a more direct view of the aspirations of Iranian people on Twitter and Facebook, as the middle class led the foortune against what they saw as a fraudulent election.

Examples such as the Taliban are by far the exception and do not represent the interests of the broader population. Kerry “Vali Nasr’s new paradigm about the rise of a new Muslim middle class will be embraced by a broad spectrum of experts: See all 25 reviews.

Blending Islam with capitalism through tools like Islamic finance enable the west to connect with the growing middle-class of the Middle East, the center of gravity in many Muslim fortuune societies.

Iran at the Crossroads. The protests in Iran over the re-election of President Ahmadinejad were driven in a large part by the emergent middle rorces. Nasr’s analysis can’t help being somewhat hobbled by the fact that it depends heavily on the shifting sands of history-in-the-making, but his approach is sensible, well-argued and deserves close attention.


Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. If the West hopes to achieve long term reform within the region, it must promote economic reforms that support the moderate Muslim middle class.

Even in Iran, where capitalism is hamstrung by state controls, corruption and nationalized industries, tech savvy entrepreneurs take advantage of a growing mobile industry and filmmakers have created a thriving movie industry. This is a wonderful combination of historical analysis and insightful reporting. While Kemalism proved to be an excellent paradigm fortunw initiating state development, the state-centric model quickly became a drag on economies There’s a problem loading this nasd right now.

This will save them from falling in the hands of extremists and their destructive ideology.

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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.

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