Political Islam and Human Security

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh, Fethi Mansouri
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Fethi Mansouri: ‘Islamism and Political Violence in the New World Order’, in Fethi Mansouri and Shahram Akbarzadeh (eds), Political Islam and Human Security (Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006). pp. 3-14.
Publication year: 2006

Islam in Global Politics

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Islam in Global Politics,’ Keynotes, (June 2006). pp. 1-7.
Publication year: 2006

Islam and Globalization,

Edited research books
Shahram Akbarzadeh (ed)
Shahram Akbarzadeh (ed): Islam and Globalization, 4 volumes. Routledge series on Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies. (London: Routledge, 2006).
Publication year: 2006

Globalization has opened up non-Western societies to forces of economic, political and cultural liberalism for the first time, and this process has had a profound effect upon Islamic societies, causing unease and concern among many Muslims. Moreover, this apprehension has been exacerbated by the fact that globalization as a concept and as a process seems to originate from the West, and because many Muslims equate globalization with colonization.
The conflict between Islam and globalization and the West is perhaps the most pressing issue in the post-September 11th era, and this set seeks to represent the shape of international relations – conciliatory and otherwise – between the two `civilizations’ in the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
With a general introduction by the editor, the volumes include articles by leading scholars that will initially examine the various ways in which Islam has tried to protect itself against the encroachment of the West, before investigating a more outward-looking Islam that encourages religious reformism and evolution in order to contend with the new challenges and priorities of a global community.

Geopolitics versus Democracy in Tajikistan

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Geo-politics versus Democracy in Tajikistan,’ Demokratizatsiya, Vol. 14, No. 4 (Fall 2006). pp. 563-¬578.
Publication year: 2006

The convergence of international attention on Central Asia in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks offered hope for Tajikistan’s fragile democracy. Washington’s commitment to enhancing civil society and democratic rule was cause for celebration among the opposition activists. This was a peculiar experience as the Islamic Renaissance Party has been a mainstay of the opposition movement. Tajikistan is the only Central Asian republic that has allowed the open political engagement of an Islamic party. This has been a novel, albeit difficult experiment. But the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan and ongoing security concerns appear to have diverted Washington’s attention from Tajikistan’s democratic state building. The United States has edged toward a policy aimed at preserving the status quo for fear of destabilizing the region. This policy is not dissimilar to that of Russia. Consequently, the prospects of an external boost to Tajikistan’s novel democratic experiment are fading fast.

Islam and Globalization

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘General Introduction’, in Shahram Akbarzadeh (ed). Islam and Globalization, Volume 1, (London: Routledge, 2006). pp. 1-14.
Publication year: 2006

Globalization has opened up non-Western societies to forces of economic, political and cultural liberalism for the first time, and this process has had a profound effect upon Islamic societies, causing unease and concern among many Muslims. Moreover, this apprehension has been exacerbated by the fact that globalization as a concept and as a process seems to originate from the West, and because many Muslims equate globalization with colonization. The conflict between Islam and globalization and the West is perhaps the most pressing issue in the post-September 11th era, and this set seeks to represent the shape of international relations – conciliatory and otherwise – between the two `civilizations’ in the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
With a general introduction by the editor, the volumes include articles by leading scholars that will initially examine the various ways in which Islam has tried to protect itself against the encroachment of the West, before investigating a more outward-looking Islam that encourages religious reformism and evolution in order to contend with the new challenges and priorities of a global community.

Does the Hamas victory advance peace in the Middle East?

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: 'Does Hamas Victory Advance Peace in the Middle East?,' Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 60, No. 2 (2006). pp. 201-6.
Publication year: 2006

Where is the Islamic republic of Iran heading?

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Where is the Islamic Republic of Iran heading?’ Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 59, No. 1 (March 2005). pp. 25-38.
Publication year: 2005

The ‘war on terror’ has had significant repercussions for the Islamic Republic of Iran in both international and domestic arenas. In the international context, Iran is finding itself isolated. Gains made by the moderate leadership of President Khatami in normalising relations between Iran and the West appear to have been lost. In the domestic arena, the moderates seem powerless against the concerted advances of the hardliners, most evident in the February 2004 Parliamentary election.

Uzbekistan and the United States: Authoritarianism, Islamism and Washington's Security Agenda

Scholarly books
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh (2005). Uzbekistan and the United States: Authoritarianism, Islamism and Washington's Security Agenda. Zed Books Ltd., London.
Publication year: 2005

Uzbekistan, the most strategically situated Central Asian country, has exhibited the most appalling record on human rights and democratic reforms. Yet, post-September 11, a transformation in US policy has suddenly taken place: US troops are now stationed there; Washington has put the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan on its list of terrorist organizations; and the Bush administration has promised to triple aid to President Karimov‘s highly authoritarian regime. This unique study explores the central question from a longer-term Uzbek point of view: to what extent are closer ties between Washington and Tashkent contributing to political reforms inside Uzbekistan? Dr Akbarzadeh describes political events since independence, including the emergence of a radical Islamic opposition. He analyses how September 11 has catalysed a transformation in Washington‘s attitude as it perceived a common Islamic enemy, and he examines the possible beginnings of a retreat from Soviet-style politics

The Organization of the Islamic Conference: Sharing an Illusion

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Kylie Connor: ‘The Organization of Islamic Conference: sharing an illusion,’ Middle East Policy, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Summer 2005). pp. 79-92.
Publication year: 2005

Among Dr. Akbarzadeh’s latest publications are Uzbekistan and the United States: Authoritarianism, Islamism and Washington’s Security Agenda (London: Zed Books, 2005) and Islam and the West: Reflections from Australia (Sydney: UNSWPress, 2005). Ms. Connor researches Islamic militancy in the West.1

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Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Islam on the global stage’, in Shahram Akbarzadeh and Samina Yasmeen (eds), Islam and the West (Sydney: UNSWPress, 2005). pp. 1-12
Publication year: 2005

The September 11 attacks on the US stunned Australians, as well as people all over the world, and the consequences have been far-reaching for both the West and the Muslim world. The subsequent War on Terror and its extension to Iraq, assaults on Muslims in many Western countries, and the recent bombing in Jakarta have brought to the fore many issues deserving attention and analysis. These include the prospects of conflict and co-operation between the Muslim world and the West—including Australia—and the future of Muslim communities in Australia. Islam and the West addresses these and other issues from aspecifically Australian perspective.

Islam and the West : Reflections from Australia

Edited research books
Shahram Akbarzadeh, Samina Yasmeen
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Samina Yasmeen (eds): Islam and the West (Sydney: UNSWPress, 2005).
Publication year: 2005

The September 11 attacks on the US stunned Australians, as well as people all over the world, and the consequences have been far-reaching for both the West and the Muslim world. The subsequent War on Terror and its extension to Iraq, assaults on Muslims in many Western countries, and the recent bombing in Jakarta have brought to the fore many issues deserving attention and analysis. These include the prospects of conflict and co-operation between the Muslim world and the West including Australia and the future of Muslim communities in Australia. Islam and the West addresses these and other issues from a specifically Australian perspective.

Islam and the West

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh, Kylie Baxter
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Kylie Baxter: ‘In search of the Caliphate’, in Shahram Akbarzadeh and Samina Yasmeen: Islam and the West (Sydney: UNSWPress, 2005). pp. 26-44.
Publication year: 2005

The September 11 attacks on the US stunned Australians, as well as people all over the world, and the consequences have been far-reaching for both the West and the Muslim world. The subsequent War on Terror and its extension to Iraq, assaults on Muslims in many Western countries, and the recent bombing in Jakarta have brought to the fore many issues deserving attention and analysis. These include the prospects of conflict and co-operation between the Muslim world and the West–including Australia–and the future of Muslim communities in Australia. Islam and the West addresses these and other issues from a specifically Australian perspective.

US-Uzbek partnership and democratic reforms

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘US-Uzbek partnership and democratic reforms,’ Nationalities Papers, Vol. 32, No.2 (June 2004). pp. 271-287.
Publication year: 2004

Conflict Prevention from Rhetoric to Reality: Organizations and Institutions

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh, Rafis Abazov
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Rafis Abazov: ‘The Politics of Status Quo in Central Asia’, in Albrecht Schnabel and David Carment (eds), Conflict Prevention from Rhetoric to Reality: Organizations and Institutions (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, June 2004). pp. 81-102.
Publication year: 2004

Keeping Central Asia stable

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Keeping Central Asia stable,’ Third World Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 4 (June 2004). pp. 689-705.
Publication year: 2004

Contrary to optimistic assessments on the stabilising impact of the US troop deployment in Central Asia, the long‐term prospects for regional stability are far from certain. The American entry into Central Asia has complicated the geostrategic dynamics of the region and engaged the three great powers and regional players in intense rivalry for influence and leverage. If there was ever a ‘Great Game’ at play in the post‐Soviet era, it is now. The convergence of the great powers on Central Asia was justified in terms of anti‐terrorism. The toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan may have secured its northern neighbours from an imminent threat, but the direct involvement of US forces in Central Asia is not likely to contribute to regional stability in the long run.

Books on Google Play Regional Security in the Asia Pacific: 9/11 and After

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Calculating the Risk in Central Asia – the case of Uzbekistan’, in Marika Vicziany, David Wright-Neville and Pete Lentini (eds), Regional Security in the Asia Pacific: 9/11 and After (Edward Elgar, 2004). pp. 112-127.
Publication year: 2004

Islam and Political Legitimacy

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh, Abdullah Saeed
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘The Islamic Dilemma in Uzbekistan’, in Shahram Akbarzadeh and Abdullah Saeed (eds), Islam and Political Legitimacy (New York: RoutledgeCurzon Press, 2003). pp. 88-101.
Publication year: 2003

Akbarzadeh and Saeed explore one of the most challenging issues facing the Muslim world: the Islamisation of political power. They present a comparative analysis of Muslim societies in West, South, Central and South East Asia and highlight the immediacy of the challenge for the political leadership in those societies. Islam and Political Legitimacy contends that the growing reliance on Islamic symbolism across the Muslim world, even in states that have had a strained relationship with Islam, has contributed to the evolution of Islam as a social and cultural factor to an entrenched political force. The geographic breadth of this book offers readers a nuanced appraisal of political Islam that transcends parochial eccentricities. Contributors to this volume examine the evolving relationship between Islam and political power in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan.

Researchers and students of political Islam and radicalism in the Muslim world will find Islam and Political Legitimacy of special interest. This is a welcome addition to the rich literature on the politics of the contemporary Muslim world.

Islam and Politics

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh, Abdullah Saeed
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Abdullah Saeed: ‘Islam and Politics’, in Shahram Akbarzadeh and Abdullah Saeed (eds), Islam and Political Legitimacy (New York: RoutledgeCurzon Press, 2003). pp. 1-13.
Publication year: 2003

Islam and political legitimacy

Edited research books
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Abdullah Saeed, (eds.)
Akbarzadeh, Shahram, and Abdullah Saeed, eds. Islam and political legitimacy. Routledge, 2003.
Publication year: 2003

Akbarzadeh and Saeed explore one of the most challenging issues facing the Muslim world: the Islamisation of political power. They present a comparative analysis of Muslim societies in West, South, Central and South East Asia and highlight the immediacy of the challenge for the political leadership in those societies. Islam and Political Legitimacy contends that the growing reliance on Islamic symbolism across the Muslim world, even in states that have had a strained relationship with Islam, has contributed to the evolution of Islam as a social and cultural factor to an entrenched political force. The geographic breadth of this book offers readers a nuanced appraisal of political Islam that transcends parochial eccentricities. Contributors to this volume examine the evolving relationship between Islam and political power in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan.

Researchers and students of political Islam and radicalism in the Muslim world will find Islam and Political Legitimacy of special interest. This is a welcome addition to the rich literature on the politics of the contemporary Muslim world.

India and Pakistan's geostrategic rivalry in Central Asia

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘India and Pakistan look to Central Asia,’ Contemporary South Asia, Vol. 12, No. 2 (June 2003). pp. 219-228.
Publication year: 2003

Pakistan has suffered a serious blow to its regional aspirations since the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan. In contrast, its South Asian rival India is finding Afghanistan and its northern neighbours welcoming a larger role. Despite its late entry into the region, India appears to be set to make significant gains at Pakistan’s expense. The India–Pakistan rivalry in Central Asia is concentrated on that region’s vast energy reserves, its geo-strategic importance in relation to Russia and China, and its potential role in the Kashmir dispute. The Indian government has woken up to the role that Central Asia can play in advancing New Delhi’s regional ambitions, and the post-Taliban geo-strategic conditions favour its agenda.

Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan

Scholarly books
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Kamoludin Abdullaev
Akbarzadeh, S.,Abdullaev, K (2002).Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan. United States: Scarecrow Press.
Publication year: 2002

The emergence of the independent Republic of Tajikistan (Jumhurii Tojikiston) was one of the most painful state building attempts in post-Soviet history. Since 1990, this country has experienced a rise in political activism, freedom of speech, sharp political debates, collapse of state institutions, civic disorder, civil war, an internationally led peace process, return of exiled opposition and their militias, and redistribution of power. As of 2009, Tajikistan continues its gradual shift from the fragile, postwar recovery period towards a more stable, peaceful, conventional and transparent political order and an era of steady economic development. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan examines this country through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions, as well as significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects. It is an extremely useful aid in understanding the current situation in Tajikistan.

Unity or Fragmentation?

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Unity or Fragmentation?’, in Abdullah Saeed and Shahram Akbarzadeh (eds), Muslim Communities in Australia (Sydney: UNSWPress, 2001). pp. 228-234.
Publication year: 2001

Searching for identity: Muslims in Australia

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh, Abdullah Saeed
Shahram Akbarzadeh and Abdullah Saeed: ‘Searching for identity: Muslims in Australia’, in Abdullah Saeed and Shahram Akbarzadeh (eds), Muslim Communities in Australia (UNSWPress, 2001). pp. 1-11.
Publication year: 2001

This book brings together the foremost scholars of Islam and Muslim politics in Australia to consider the relationship between Australian politics and society and Muslim Communities in Australia. – The book responds to such questions as: – Is there a Muslim community in Australia? – How do national differences affect the assumed ‘Muslim community’? – How do Muslim residents in Australia identify themselves? – How has the experience of migration affected their sense of identity? – Does the establishment of Islamic schooling and finance amount to the separation of Muslims from the mainstream of Australian society? – How has the Australian mainstream media portrayed Muslims in Australia and how has this portrayal changed over the last 30 years? – By addressing such critical issues, the book will present a well-rounded picture of the Muslim experience in Australia and highlight key issues of concern for the Muslim community.

Political Islam in Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Political Islam in Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan,’ Central Asian Survey, Vol. 20, No. 4 (2001). pp. 449-463.
Publication year: 2001

Muslim Communities in Australia

Edited research books
Abdullah Saeed and Shahram Akbarzadeh
Akbarzadeh, Shahram, and Abdullah Saeed, eds. Muslim communities in Australia. UNSW Press, 2001.
Publication year: 2001

This book brings together the foremost scholars of Islam and Muslim politics in Australia to consider the relationship between Australian politics and society and Muslim Communities in Australia. – The book responds to such questions as: – Is there a Muslim community in Australia? – How do national differences affect the assumed ‘Muslim community’? – How do Muslim residents in Australia identify themselves? – How has the experience of migration affected their sense of identity? – Does the establishment of Islamic schooling and finance amount to the separation of Muslims from the mainstream of Australian society? – How has the Australian mainstream media portrayed Muslims in Australia and how has this portrayal changed over the last 30 years? – By addressing such critical issues, the book will present a well-rounded picture of the Muslim experience in Australia and highlight key issues of concern for the Muslim community.

The Soviet Union: Collapse of the USSR and Formation of Independent Republics, History Behind the Headlines

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘The Soviet Union: Collapse of the USSR and Formation of Independent Republics,’ History Behind the Headlines (Michigan: The Gale Group, 2000). pp. 252-65.
Publication year: 2000

Reformism in the Bukharan Khanate

Scholarly book chapters
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Reformism in the Bukharan Khanate’, in David Christian and Craig Benjamin (eds), World of the Silk Roads: Ancient and Modern (Belgium: Brepols, 1998). pp. 165-180. Reprinted in 2000.
Publication year: 2000

Uzbekistan looks West

Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘Uzbekistan looks West,’ Russian and Euro-Asian Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 4 (April 1999). pp. 1-8.
Publication year: 1999

National identity and political legitimacy in Turkmenistan

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘National identity and political legitimacy in Turkmenistan,’ Nationalities Papers, Vol. 27, No. 2 (1999). pp.271-290.
Publication year: 1999

How the elite survives in Uzbekistan

Refereed Journal articles
Shahram Akbarzadeh
Shahram Akbarzadeh: ‘How the elite survives in Uzbekistan,’ Political Expressions, Vol. 2, No. 1 (1998). pp. 31-45.
Publication year: 1998