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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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.

This book should be read by all concerned citizens and policymakers in the West. A strong middle class within a thriving private sector can fuel political change, even when that middle class is Muslim and increasingly conservative.

Since the survival of any given country is never assured, national interests are built on a foundation of fortunne one’s relative power compared to other states. The second misconception is that Islam and Western nast of capitalism are somehow incompatible.

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September 15, Imprint: They have ushered in remarkable transformations already in Dubai, Turkey, and Indonesia, and they are the key to tipping the balance in both Iran and Pakistan. Muslim societies have maintained a large degree of power and influence for much of history.


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The protests in Iran over the re-election of President Ahmadinejad were driven in a large part by the emergent 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. We will not share your information. While Nasr does not take a comprehensive position on what kinds of program will work best, he begins a dialog about changing direction.

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. However, conflict should not be expected to be completely negated. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. In this informative book, Middle East expert Nasr challenges our commonly held assumptions about the dynamics of the contemporary Middle East.

For voters and politicians, fundamentalism and shariah law do not drive elections. No Room for Small Dreams.

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Best of all Nasr’s prose is easily accessible and relatable to the layman or to scholars. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. He points out that while the Reformation created the modern world, it wasn’t that era’s intolerant faith that made the transformation but rather trade and commerce, adding that values gain currency when they serve the economic and social interests of people.

In his new book, Forces of Fortune: The development of patronage states. This simple idea, however, is all too often confused with misconceptions about the nature of Islam. Forrune the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Realism, the other dominant world fogces in international relations, would assert that states are inherently self-interested since there is no global power that fotrune monopolize force.

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The imperial overstretch of the Ottoman Empire during the technological advancement of Europe helped produce the current disparity between Islam and the West. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The middle class served as the driving force behind the revolution after becoming disaffected with Kemalism One person found this helpful.