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Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics

Lawrence Rubin

Abstract

This book analyzes how ideas, or political ideology, can threaten states and how states react to ideational threats. It examines the threat perception and policies of two Arab, Muslim majority states, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, in response to the rise and activities of two revolutionary “Islamic states,” established in Iran (1979) and Sudan (1989). Using these comparative case studies, the major theme running through the book—that transnational ideologies may present a greater and more immediate national security threat than shifts in the military balance of power—has two main components. First, ... More

Keywords: Islamic state, ideational balancing, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, threat perception, ideational power, ideational security dilemma, regime security, Islamist regime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804790796
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804790796.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Rubin, author