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Engaging the Muslim World (. ISBN 0230607543) is a 2009 non-fiction book about the relationship between the United States and the Arab and Muslim worlds written by University of Michigan historian Juan Cole.

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Engaging the Muslim World – Ebook written by Juan Cole. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Engaging the Muslim World. With clarity and concision, Juan Cole disentangles the key foreign policy issues that America is grappling with today-from our dependence on Middle East petroleum to the promotion of Islamophobia by the American right-and delivers his informed advice on the best way forward.

This is a very thoughtful book of learning how to interact with the Muslim world around us. If we do not take heed of insights that are made in this book, it could continue to be very detrimental for the United States.

While faulting the Muslim world where fault is due, it also understands its legitimate grievances. It deplores short-sighted policy machinations, without indulging in America-bashing. It seeks the highest possible moral ground for sustained engagement. The book aims for nothing less than a complete reorientation of . foreign policy toward the most misunderstood part of the world, and it brilliantly succeeds.

Juan Cole’s Engaging the Muslim World maps those fault lines, and one can only wish Bush had mulled over such material (in fact, much of it was contained in his briefing papers) before the misadventures of the post-9/11 era began. Like Lawrence Wright’s remarkable Looming Tower, published almost three years ago, this field guide to the politics of modern Islam traces the history of the different movements, whose violent offshoots are still morphing into new forms

Engaging the Muslim World. Chapter · January 2012. This book makes a powerful argument for an American foreign policy that combines practical politics and idealism and refuses to abandon those struggling for democracy and human rights in the Arab world.

Engaging the Muslim World. DOI: 1. 057/9781137048493 2. In book: Beyond Cairo, p. 1-33. Cite this publication.

Engaging the Muslim World (ISBN 0230607543) is a 2009 non-fiction book about the relationship between the United States and the Arab and Muslim worlds written by University of Michigan historian Juan Cole. A leading American expert on the Islamic world, seeks to dispel many of the persistent myths about Islam and the Middle East. The chapter dealing with Iran is particularly informative and evenhanded, and the analysis of myriad issues in . Public diplomacy must be consistent, multifaceted, and localized to advance American goals in Muslim-majority countries. Public diplomacy supports the interests of the United States by advancing American goals outside the traditional arena of ment relations. This report sketches a way forward to accomplish these goals. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. Give a Bookmate subscription →. About Bookmate.

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As a serious and quite important academic, I expected Cole to write in a serious and academic way. I was elated to find, however, that he speaks to a general American audience, albeit one that is well-educated and thirsting for more knowledge. Cole presents his readers with a detailed yet digestible narrative of U.S. relations with the Middle East and makes very systematic suggestions as to how the U.S. should "engage the Muslim world". Every page startled me with new information and I didn't want to put the book down. I am buying a copy for everyone on my Christmas list (it's a great book for those people who "think" they know about the Middle East).
Juan Cole "drew me in" in the introduction when he said: "But I developed a deep personal dislike of Middle Eastern fundamentalisms (meaning scriptural literalists, who are not necessarily violent), and was more than once inconvenienced or even menaced by them. That I should now be urging understanding of and engagement with a wide range of Middle Eastern political forces, including fundamentalists, signals not an agreement with them but a pragmatic conviction that as citizens of a single globe, we have to settle our conflicts through dialogue." A viewpoint that certainly resonates with mine, since I too have "been there, done that," been threatened, but have come to the same conclusion. I also very much appreciated his next statement that addressed one of my "pet peeves"; journalists publishing "cut and paste" books from their previous works. Cole says that he wrote his perspective afresh, and I found that to be so.

Cole's postulates the reason for the conflict between the West and Islam in the first chapter in true "follow the money" style; it really is all about oil, and the West's dependency on this essential economic lubricant which is controlled primarily by Islamic countries. And this has been going on for a long time. Not only was the CIA responsible for the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran in 1953, but also the democratically elected government of Shukri Quwatli in Syria in 1949. Although Syria has virtually no oil, the latter coup provided a more amenable government to the "Tapline project," an oil pipeline from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean which would have to pass through Syria.

In the second chapter he delineates Muslim activism from Muslim radicalism. His comparison between the social conditions that gave rise to Mohammad Atta and Timothy McVeigh is an important one, and useful for destroying the pigeon-hole thinking that declares one a "terrorist," and the other a " murderous misfit," or some synonym, as long as it doesn't start with a "t."

Cole's clipped no-nonsense writing style is in basic "primer" fashion, which is, in many ways what this book is, and would be an important read for not only the "interested observer" but also anyone in a policy making or implementing position. His title "overreaches" a bit, since much of the Islamic world, Indonesia, Bangla Desh, Syria, North Africa, are omitted. The remaining chapters focus on some of the most critical countries: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. I lived in Saudi Arabia over a period of a quarter of a century, and although many books on the Kingdom are riddled with errors and out and out fantasies, I found NONE in Cole's account. In fact, that applies to the entire book.

The folly of American actions in Iraq is covered, for sure. Cole's account did not provide me with any new insights that were not covered in Thomas Ricks Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq But I did find fascinating the author's description of the Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It is rich and insightful. Cole says that CBS's "60 minutes" made him look more extreme than he is. The author credits "Larry King Live" with doing the best job of presenting him frankly and honestly! Cole goes on to skewer the British Orientalist, and Princeton professor, Bernard Lewis, saying:"Lewis's beliefs about Iran are even more bizarre than Ahmadinejad's about Israel..." Also, as Cole points out, Iran's military budget is on the order of Singapore's, so we need a much more clear-sighted approach instead of trying to shoehorn the Muslim world into the role of the new "Soviet Union."

My main reservation of Cole's account is his citing of opinion polls in Islamic countries without caveats. From my experience, the results are far more problematic than the now well-honed and defined polls in the United States. I'd feel much more comfortable if Cole had been qualifying them with an error rate of "plus or minus five, or even, twenty percent."

Cole's account is current, and does much to debunk the myths and propaganda promoted by those who would prefer endless war against "the other." Humankind once had a hundred or so year war of religion. For those who might consider that one is sufficient, particularly since nuclear weapons could become widely available if the latest one drags on for a hundred years, then this is an account to read, for you and your children. His book is as topical at today's headlines from Egypt. 5-stars.
This is a very thoughtful book of learning how to interact with the Muslim world around us. If we do not take heed of insights that are made in this book, it could continue to be very detrimental for the United States. Cole shows how Americans need to understand not only our own fears, but how the world of the Middle East views the West and why. This is a critical book for any conscious voting citizen as well as anyone making policies and interacting with a world outside their own.
It was excellent book about recent Middle East history that all Americans should be informed about.
Bought it for my father in law and he really liked it. Not much else I can say about it since I have not read it.
Cole dispels the fear and misinformation prevalent in our country concerning the Islamic world as a whole. He traces in detail the political history of key Islamic countries, and documents how Jihadists are a small minority in most of them. He shows how the West can improve relations--culturally and politically--in counties like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran. While not minimizing dangers in volatile areas of the world, he sounds and optimistic and hopeful note for future American foreign policy.
I bought the book, started to read it, and lost interest, although the topic it covers does interest me. I still keep it around, though. I don't think it's the author's fault, although I'd say it could be considered bland, perhaps. I'll take the blame. Nevertheless, I do value Prof. Cole's comments.
One of the best books I've ever read. It had to be, because it is written by Prof. Juan Cole.