The Territorial State and the New World Order

Azzam S. Tamimi

in Rachid Ghannouchi

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140002
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834723 | DOI:

Series: Religion and Global Politics

The Territorial State and the New World Order

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Democratization in the Arab region has been hindered by the modern Arab territorial state and the world order, both old and new.

An Islamic concept of state has always existed.

In its present colonial design, the Arab territorial state, which is ruled by a postcolonial elite whose interests are linked with former colonial powers, is incapable of democratization.

The world order is not only disinterested in genuine democratization but has also intervened in order to curtail such a process, as happened in Algeria.

Ghannouchi argues that two lobbies are responsible for the policy in the USA of supporting corrupt dictatorships in the Muslim world: the Zionist lobby, which is fearful for the impact of democratization on the future of Israel, and the arms lobby, weapons industrialists, and traders who are eager to maintain the sale of arms to the region.

Keywords: Algeria; Arab territorial state; arms lobby; democratization; Islamic concept of state; Israel; United States of America; world order; Zionist lobby

Chapter.  16066 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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