SM Farid Mirbagheri, War and Peace in Islam A Critique of Islamic/ist Political Discourses (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

The question of conflict in Islam has now for sometime been interpreted in the Western diplomatic circles through the violent actions of fundamentalist groups and amongst many academics through a jurisprudential outlook. This work, however, views war and peace in Islam in a critical theoretical framework, in relation to systemic approaches to International Relations. In so doing it relies heavily on the teachings of Islamic mysticism. It suggests that empowering the individual to control him/herself within, as propounded in Sufism and as opposed to systemic approaches, is a prelude to establishing enduring global peace. Without internal tranquility, external harmony will be next to impossible.

About the Author

SM Farid Mirbagheri completed his secondary and higher education in the UK. He received his BA and PhD in International Relations from Keele University, England. He is currently a Professor of International Relations at the University of Nicosia, holder of the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies (sponsored by the A.G. Leventis Foundation) and the executive director of the Diplomatic Academy (affiliated to the University of Nicosia).