Arab Spring is really an Islamic one and the logical result of a
century and a half of imperialist
intrigues to incorporate the Middle East and Central Asia into
the imperial project.
How did this come about? What are the chances of the Muslim world
asserting an independent position in the face of American empire and
the rising non-imperial world bloc, BRICS?
Here modernity and postmodernism are critiqued from both left and
right, and Islam is seen as both an alternative worldview and world
order. As the West continues its decline, the insights that Islamic
civilization provides point to a new-old civilizational alternative.
Key actors and milestones in the struggle to free the Muslim world
from the imperial yoke are discussed.
All the monotheisms have a linear concept of time/ history, which in
the case of Christianity/ Judaism led logically to capitalism, Marx
and the communist apocalypse. The Islamic project contains its own
socio-economic solution which prevented the rise of capitalism/
imperialism, making it the loser in the technology race of the
provides an overview of imperialism and colonialism in the Muslim
world, recapping his thesis in
of the historical movement in the first “great Games” (ex-Ottoman
Levant and Raj/ Afghanistan/ Iran under British empire ) through the
second and third (colour revolutions vs revival of Islamic vision of
Caliphate to replace imperialism).
Islamic reform traditions from the 19th century on (deriving from
Al-Afghani, Qutb) incorporating the Islamic critique of the West are
addressed as well as the Sunni/ Shia, mainstream/ Sufi/ Salafi
divisions. The 20th century experience of Islamic states (Saudi
Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran) is reviewed, as well as the
current dynamics of the Muslim world (Saudi, Iran, Qatar, Turkey,
and now Egypt/ Tunisia/ Libya).
Canadian Eric Walberg is known worldwide as a journalist
in the Middle East, Central Asia and
Russia. A graduate of University of
Toronto and Cambridge in economics, he
has been writing on
East-West relations since the 1980s. He has lived in both
Russia, and then Uzbekistan, as a UN adviser, writer,
translator and lecturer. Presently a
writer for the foremost Cairo
newspaper, Al Ahram, he is also a
regular contributor to Counterpunch,
Global Research, Al-Jazeerah and Turkish
and is a commentator on Voice of the Cape
radio. His articles appear in
Russian, German, Spanish and Arabic and
are accessible at his
website ericwalberg.com. Walberg was a moderator and speaker
Istanbul in 2011. His book,
is also published in
Chinese, Turkish and Russian. He is a
graduate of University of
Toronto and Cambridge in economics
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is a compelling representation of the current state of the Muslim
world, positioned within a most illuminating historical expose. In
this sequel to his equally authoritative Postmodern Imperialism,
Walberg attempts to bridge the East-West gap, not through a
reconciliatory discourse, but through a critical reading of history.
He juxtaposes religion and ideology using a methodological and
epistemological critique, a style that is both crucial and in some
ways, incomparable. This volume should serve as a gateway to
understanding Islam, and its location in the emerging new political
dynamics, resulting from the bankruptcy of capitalism, and the lack
of any other convincing alternatives. Walberg's book is an essential
read, both revealing and very inspiring."
Ramzy Baroud, Palestinian-American journalist, author,
editor-in-chief of Palestine Chronicle
"Anti-imperialists need this sort of critical analysis in order to
understand whether, to what extent and especially how we can work in
alliance with different Islamic political movements on common
David Heap, University of Western Ontario
contribution is a welcome addition to a debate that needs to return
to mutual respect rather than mutual demonization and name-calling.
It is a thought-provoking and informative book. causes."
Zafar Bangash, Director, Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought,
"Edward Said's criticism of Orientalism and the postmodernist
deconstruction of dominant narratives have challenged the
traditional ethno-centricity of western historical studies.
Walberg's analysis incorporates the experiences of the Other in a
new dialectical approach to international relations. Brought up in
the West, he has lived in the East, and is endowed with a
cross-civilizational knowledge of the world. Here he describes
globalization and imperialism from the point of view of Islamic
civilization, seeing it as inheriting the role which Communism once
had as the main opponent of western hegemony, but with important
differences that are not a derivation of western civilization
Daniele Scalea, Director of the Rome Institute of Geopolitics (IsAG)
and the Italian journal, Geopolitica
"Eric Walberg sheds a sharply different light on the nature of the
imperial world. A convincing argument and a must-read for anyone
interested in the anatomy of labyrinthine imperialism."
Dr. Ismail Salami, Visiting Professor, University of Tehran
Walberg's POSTMODERN IMPERIALISM:
"It will be hard to understand the complex machinery of
post-imperialism without this ideology-smashing road map." PEPE
"An important reference for understanding the historical and current
events, and expectations for the future." ZIAD MUNA, AL-JAZEERA.