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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Now Fateful Crescent will utterly rewrite the wisdom about the Islamic threat and the “clash of civilizations. A vast tidal force is swelling up of upwardly mobile entrepreneurs, consumers, and investors who can tip the scales of power away from extremist belligerence.

With a deft combination of historical narrative and contemporary on-the-ground reporting, Nasr demystifies these devout yet development-minded Muslims of the “critical middle”—the stealth force behind the extraordinary growth of aggressively capitalist Dubai—showing that they are people the West can and must do business froces.

By building strong ties with them, Nasr demonstrates, the tide of extremism can be turned. Fateful Crescent will spark lively debate and play a vital role in bringing about a sea change in thinking about the conflict with Islam. Learn more click to open popover Customers who viewed this item also viewed Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 This shopping feature will continue to load items.

In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Vapi 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.

He points out that while forves 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.

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His in-depth analysis of the failures of various governments to provide for their people, as well as special focus on what is working in Turkey, and what is crippling Pakistan, helps drive his thesis home. Nasr’s analysis can’t foftune 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.

Kerry “Vali Nasr’s new paradigm about the rise of a new Muslim middle class will be embraced by a broad spectrum of experts: Kaplan, author of Balkan Ghosts and Imperial Grunts “With his unique credentials and bold insights, Vali Nasr has written a landmark work at a pivotal time.

It’s a rich and exciting read. The Future of the Middle East “In this fascinating and timely book, Vali Nasr argues lucidly that free trade, force sanctions, is the key to a democratic awakening in the Muslim world.

Forces of Fortune seems bound to be influential. That’s the way to ultimately defeat the terrorists, build the middle classes, loosen ties to Arab autocrats, and develop democracies. That’s Vali Nasr’s brilliant message. It’s the only way to rescue U.

He is a lively guide to a maze of issues that rarely get discussed, and he uses the fruits of his wide travels in the Middle East with great skill … full of knowing insights and subtle personal portraits. Judging by this book, it is no mystery that Nasr has risen to such prominence in U. He shows how growing economies and a new business class will be more important than extremist ideologies in determining how the Middle East interacts with the world.

This is a wonderful combination of historical analysis and insightful reporting. In this informative book, Middle East expert Nasr challenges our commonly held assumptions about the forcea of the contemporary Middle East. This book should nast read by all concerned citizens and policymakers in the West.

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Please try again later. In his new book, Vali Nasr provides an overview of the broad, societal trends that have shaped the Middle East over the last century.

Each chapter serves as an overview of the popular topics of the region including Iran, Dubai, Pakistan, Turkey, fundamentalism, and the popularity of state control over the economy though Kemalism.

Anecdotes are used throughout the book foorces engaging writing to absorb the reader in his discussion of the historical trends in the region. Nasr also makes a point to address popular misconceptions of events in nase Middle East, providing a clear and thoughtful overview of many heavily debated topics. Throughout this discussion, Nasr exemplifies the importance of the middle class in fostering democratic norms, reducing tensions, and developing an economically vibrant region.

If the West hopes to achieve long term reform within the region, it must promote economic reforms that support the moderate Muslim middle class.

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Only then will secularism, human rights, and democracy begin to gain prominence. Nasr’s thesis of empowering the middle class of the Middle East to spur democratic reform throughout the region depends on a single assumption: Neoliberalism is a perspective within international relations that states economic interdependency and the adoption of democratic norms will reduce conflict throughout the globe.

This is essentially Nasr’s argument. 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.

There are numerous counters to this perspective. For example, Japan and the United States were highly integrated economically before World War II yet this did not prevent them from going to war. 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.

Even though the middle class of the Middle East may spur economic development, these states will persistently pursue their self interest.

Since the survival avli any given country is never assured, national interests are built on a foundation of increasing one’s relative power compared to other states. The answer is most likely somewhere between the two perspectives. Nasr’s policy perspectives will most likely decrease conflict within and from the region.

However, conflict should not be expected to be completely negated. There are no foundational “peace” theories within international relations, and for every model of peace, there is contrasting examples foces that model leading to war. In short, Nasr’s policy recommendations are likely to increase long-term development, consolidate democratic norms, and reduce tensions, but they cannot be expected to bring complete stability and peace to the region. Vali Nasr presents an incredibly informative book.

Forces of Fortune is, hands down, one of the best primers on the Middle East. While there are numerous topics not discussed like the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Nasr focuses on the underlying dilemmas within the region that underpin today’s tensions. Anyone that has an interest in the Middle East must read this book. For those that have already studied the Middle East at depth and are familiar with the concepts of neoliberalism, this book won’t provide much force the way of new insights however.


For more reviews and an in-depth summary of Nasr’s book, find us at Hand of Reason. The author, Vali Nasr, explores the recent political history flrtune the Muslim world and the probable direction it is moving. He explores a wide range of issues affecting Muslims vvali to include: He provides the reader with perceptive observations of many Muslim world countries with a greater emphasis on Turkey and Iran.

His realistic thesis is that once people have economic opportunities they will acquire a vested interest, hence seek to maintain their improved way of life.

I did think Nasr tended to treat the Shah a little too kindly. This was further evidenced in the total omission of any reference to Iran’s hated and feared secret police during the Shah’s reign. Aside from that, a realistic and encouraging assessment. One person found this helpful. I enjoyed this book and learned a lot from it about the Arab world. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in learning more about Islam and the Arab world of today.

As one of the foremost scholars and thinkers on Muslim society Vali Nasr has demonstrated his keen insight into that world.

With “Forces of Fortune” Nasr has produced another work jasr should reshape opinions and increase understanding of the broader changes occurring in the Muslim world. Nasr asserts that the rise of a business-minded middle class is reshaping societies across the Muslim world and how the West engages this burgeoning middle class will provide the key to countering the threat from Islamic extremists and Iran.

That alone represents a considerable paradigm shift from the West’s longtime support of autocratic nations in the region who have failed to democratize and liberalize their economies and their societies. Nasr makes a compelling argument that the way to win over the Muslim world foryune to engage it over business, capitalism, and trade; not to fight it over religion.

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. This is hardly surprising given the sclerosis and decline of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th Century, the exploitative effects of colonialism and the autocratic regimes that dominated the latter half of the 20th Century.

But more interesting points emerge, such as what Nasr calls the “critical middle” Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, and Dubai where the emergence of an increasingly economically and politically powerful middle class is already exerting its influence. The protests in Iran over the re-election of President Ahmadinejad were driven in a large part by the emergent middle class. It was lawyers in Pakistan who played a prominent role in street demonstrations that spurred General Musharraf to stand down.

This “critical middle” will hopefully motivate emulation in other Muslim countries, but the West needs to take a more active role in fostering this growth. Nasr produces some seriously thought provoking ideas and concepts here that hopefully will be debated and argued not only in the West, but in the Muslim world. Best of all Nasr’s prose is easily accessible and relatable to the layman or to scholars.

As an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations Nasr certainly is one of the foremost experts on the Middle East; “Forces of Fortune” will prove he knows what he’s talking about, lets just hope that people will read it and take action. Forces of Fortune, by Vali Nasr son of Seyyed Hossein Nasris an important contribution to our understanding of what is actually happening in the Muslim Middle East, as opposed to what Arab, Iranian, and Israeli propagandists are claiming.

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