Academic journal article Military Review

The Modernization of Islam and the Creation of a Multipolar World Order

Academic journal article Military Review

The Modernization of Islam and the Creation of a Multipolar World Order

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BG Huba Wass de Czege, USA, Retired, Easton, Kansas THE MODERNIZATION OF ISLAM and the Creation of a Multipolar World Order, Dr. Susmit Kumar, Booksurge, Charleston, SC, 2008, 363 pages, $20.99.

The Modernization of Islam is a detailed and highly engaging study into global Islamic militancy and the diverse challenges of the Middle East. Based on sound analysis and historical descriptions, Dr. Susmit Kumar's central argument is that what we are witnessing today is not a clash of civilizations, as prophesied by Samuel Huntington and many others, but the transformation of Islam. The author notes that "in order to give birth to a beautiful child, a woman has to go through the pains of labor," and asserts that the violence in Iraq and the growth of Islamic fundamentalism are simply manifestations of a difficult birthing process.

Kumar says that contemporary Islamic civilization is going through a crisis similar to the kind Europe experienced in the early 1900s. When World War I and II acted as catalysts to positively change the global-economic and political environment of those times. The long-term prognosis is encouraging, and the tide of fundamentalism will wane; but, it will take time, and the path will be rocky. Kumar notes: "At the end of the current crisis in the Middle East, Islam will come to be the guiding force where it now leads, and the majority of Islamic nations will become secular and democratic, like Turkey." The author suggests that we are again moving toward the promise of a new world order.

However, in suggesting a positive trend in the Middle East, Kumar also highlights the decline in the U. …

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