Winds of Change

Recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa have radically destabilised the region, which is beset with rising religious and political tensions, sectarian conflict and terrorism. Though in crisis and suffering from a paralysis of will, the region is also vastly rich in culture, and vital for the stability of the international order. There is an urgent need for an accurate understanding of these complex developments. What does the future hold for this geopolitically critical region?

In this vital, multidisciplinary volume, leading Middle Eastern and Western scholars present constructive, long-term solutions to endemic sociocultural, economic and political issues facing the MENA region – issues that require a fundamental transformation of the current system of values and patterns of thought. They offer expert analysis on critical facets of the region, including globalisation, the environment and sustainability, education, nonviolence, human rights, inter-religious coexistence, Islamic social principles, and Qur’anic ethics.

Enriching our understanding of the contemporary affairs of the MENA region, Winds of Change is essential reading for achieving peace, socio-cultural progress and prosperity in the region.


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Product Description

Cyrus Rohani and Behrooz  Sabet (Eds).

(London: SAQI Books, 2019, 304 pp).

The winds of change blow in a good number of directions;  and at different strengths within the Middle East and North Africa.  At times;  the wind seems calm;  and then suddenly;  there is a renewal.  It is useful to have a good guide to the political struggle;  to achieve modernity and the problems encounteres along the way.

However;  weather forecasting is not yet a science;  although the price of oil may be as close to forecasting criteria;  that we can get for the area since the 1973 Kippour War.  In addition to the political winds blowing from the States of the area;  there are world-wide influences from countries such as Russia, the USA, and increasingly Turkey.  There are also trans-frontier non-governmental ideological currents;  such as those from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State.


Author: Christopher Buck.

Edited: Cyrus Rohani and Behrooz  Sabet.

Paperback : 320 pages.

Publisher : Saqi Books (March 31, 2020).


About The Author:

Christopher Buck is an independent scholar and attorney. He publishes broadly in American studies, religious studies, Baha’i studies, Islamic studies, African American studies and Native American studies. A former university professor, Dr Buck previously taught at Pennsylvania State University (2011), Michigan State University (2000–2004), Quincy University (1999–2000), Millikin University (1997–1999) and Carleton University (1994–1996).

Buck is now faculty at the Wilmette Institute, having taught/co-taught seventeen online courses since 2010. His publications include God and Apple Pie (2015); Alain Locke: Faith and Philosophy (2005); Paradise and Paradigm (1999); Symbol and Secret (1995/2004); and Religious Celebrations (co-author, 2011). Buck has published various journal and encyclopaedia articles as well, along with over 100 brief articles on the Baha’i Faith. Buck currently practises law as a plaintiff’s attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he lives.


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