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Globalization and the conflict of values in middle eastern societies

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Globalized Islam tends to represent the unity within which differences are and have been accommodated, but which denies as false the notion of a particularistic and plural Islam. Under the rubric of expelling the West from the Middle East, the actual aim is also to undermine and destroy the social capital of cultural and religious pluralism accumulated in the region over the centuries. This chapter elaborates on this thesis, beginning with a short reconstruction of this socio-religious pluralism, and then analysing the relations between Muslims and non-Muslims that result and the crisis of many non-Muslim communities in the region. It focuses on the social changes which took place in Middle Eastern countries roughly in the already discussed period from 1930 to 1980, and focuses on the traditional aspect of the division of power between religion and politics.

Keywords: globalized Islam; Muslims; politics; religious pluralism; social changes



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