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dc.contributor.authorGöl, A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-01T14:01:05Z
dc.date.available2019-02-01T14:01:05Z
dc.date.issued2015-07-24en_US
dc.identifier.issn2326-9995
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/48736
dc.description.abstractThe Middle East is commonly perceived as a zone of cultural and political differences within the global international society. Imagining the Middle East as a ‘unique’ region is not a new idea, but relocating this conception within the English School (ES) of International Relations (IR) is. This article challenges the perceived ‘exceptionalism’ of the Middle East, which claims that the European concepts of state, sovereignty and nationalism are alien to Islam, therefore preventing the emergence of a regional international society. The first part highlights the correlation between Eurocentrism in IR and the lack of interest in regional – area – studies through the critique of Orientalism and the ES. The second part moves to demonstrate why the ES is more explanatory than other IR theories in the context of the Ottoman–European relations. The third part explores the ‘institutional distinctiveness’ of the Middle East, disproving the notion of regional ‘exceptionalism’ and IR’s foundational Eurocentric assumptions. This article concludes by arguing that there is a strong case for calling the Middle East a ‘regional interstate society’, which remains to be a litmus test of whether or not a truly global international society is possible.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.source.titleGlobal Discourse : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thoughten_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://doi.org/10.1080/23269995.2015.1053191en_US
dc.subjectThe English School of International Relationsen_US
dc.subjectIslamen_US
dc.subjectThe Islamic Stateen_US
dc.subjectThe Middle Easten_US
dc.subjectNationalismen_US
dc.subjectThe Ottoman Empireen_US
dc.subjectPan-Arabismen_US
dc.subjectPan-Islamismen_US
dc.subjectRegional international societyen_US
dc.titleImagining the Middle East: the state, nationalism and regional international societyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.departmentDepartment of International Relationsen_US
dc.citation.spage379en_US
dc.citation.epage394en_US
dc.citation.volumeNumber5en_US
dc.citation.issueNumber3en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/23269995.2015.1053191en_US
dc.publisherBristol University Pressen_US


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