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Philosophical and historical origins and genesis of Islamic global governance

Samier, Eugenie A. (2018) Philosophical and historical origins and genesis of Islamic global governance. In: Global Governance and Muslim Organizations. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 83-104. ISBN 978-3-319-92561-5

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Abstract

Most of the literature on global governance emphasises the roles of Western nations, transnational corporations that originate in the West, and international organisations like the WTO and OECD which also exhibit a Western neoliberal bias and domination over other parts of the world (Michie, 2011). Even though other regions are receiving recent attention and have formed transnational organisations that represent their interests and provide some opportunities for participation in global governance, the perspectives of non-Western countries in interpreting global governance does not leave room for conceptions arising from other cultures. One of these regions is the Muslim world, which ironically was one of the main foundational sources for modern disciplines in the West during the Renaissance and which continued to shape ideas during the Enlightenment (Akasoy & Giglioni, 2013). It is from this intellectual heritage that concepts of global governance were forming in modern history, for example, through influence on Kant’s (1795/2006) essay “Toward Perpetual Peace.”