The Dark Side of Globalization

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Globalization has brought many benefits, including the reduction of poverty in several countries. But it also has a dark side: the unleashing of negative forces as a result of the compression of time and space made possible by modern technology. From arms trafficking in West Africa through armed insurgencies in South Asia and the upsurge of jihad in the age of globalization, this book examines the challenges that the dark forces of globalization pose to the international system and the responses they have triggered. Written largely by authors from developing countries, the book's goal is to help maximize the beneficial consequences of globalization while muting its baleful effects.



Jihad in the age of globalization

At its best, globalization is envisioned as a world without borders, facilitating the exchange of ideas, goods and systems for the benefit of all. This is similar to jihad, which recognizes no borders on Allah’s Earth, and is also, as conceptualized in Islam, aimed at the betterment of the individual, societal, communal and global condition through laws and systems advocated by Islam. Modern jihad – which gained attention as a contemporary threat and global danger following 9/11 – lends itself, then, to the best and worst in globalization, using its tools and techniques to great advantage.


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