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Non-Western Reflection on Politics

Edited By Petr Drulák and Sárka Moravcová

Recent rise of the non-Western parts of the world makes the need for a genuine global dialogue more urgent than ever before. To take an effective part in it, the West needs to face a conceptual challenge. The Western understanding of the political world is based on such deeply ingrained concepts as power, politics, statecraft, cooperation, multilateralism, dependence, identity or human rights. The Westerners tend to wrongly assume that everyone else is bound to share these concepts. This book shows that the reality is different. Investigating African, Asian, Islamic and Latin American political thinking, the book introduces non-Western concepts of politics as well as non-Western readings of seemingly familiar Western concepts. By doing this, it points to the obstacles to the global dialogue as well as to opportunities which may be exploited.

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Notes on Contributors ........................................................................................ 9 Introduction: For a Global Dialogue Petr Drulák ....................................................................................... 11 PART I: Political Thinking in Non-Western Areas Core-Periphery Knowledge Exchange: The Case of Latin America Arlene B. Tickner ............................................................................... 21 Politics of Back-Scratching in Cameroon and Beyond Francis B. Nyamnjoh ......................................................................... 35 Islamic Democracy: A Contradiction in Terms? Petr Kratochvíl .................................................................................. 55 Chinese Political Metaphysics: The Book of Changes Petr Drulák ....................................................................................... 71 PART II: Non-Western Concepts of Politics The Liberation Project: A Mexican Experience Šárka Moravcová .............................................................................. 89 Chieftaincy and Political Culture: The Case of Ghana Petr Skalník ..................................................................................... 107 Dar al-Islam, Dar al-Harb and Hijra: Classical Paradigms in Modern Arab World Miloš Mendel .................................................................................. 123 Chinese Traditional Culture and East Asian Security Cooperation Wang Fan…………………..……………………………………………………………..... 143 PART III: Western Concepts Outside of the West Dependence Theory: Comparing Latin America and Africa Miroslav Jurásek ……......................................................................... 163 Human Rights and Islam: Constitutional Debates in Egypt and Tunisia Zora Hesová.................................................................................... 181 Multilateralism: United States and Japan Michal Kolmaš ................................................................................ 199 Conclusion: Between Traditionalism and Westernisation Šárka Moravcová: ........................................................................... 217 References………..………………………………………………………………………………….….….227 Index……………..………………………………………………………………………….……….…..…...251

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