Globalization and the Islam-West Axis of the International System
Ozioma M. Oguine, Ph.D.

This paper examined the unsavoury interaction between Islam and the West in an era of extremely pervasive and penetrative globalization. It highlighted the resurgence of Islam as an intentional consequence of a global interface and interplay that is subtly and blatantly giving an impression of the Westernization of the Islamic civilization. The sour experience of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire under the Ataturk Reforms in 1924 and the consequent desecration of the Islamic consciousness across the globe is still a signpost for the community of ardent Islamic adherents. The nature of the Islamic consciousness was holistically assessed and placed side-by-side the variegated perspectives on the concept of globalization. It was found that the penetrative nature of globalization, with its traits of Westernization, formed a body of threat to the Islamic religion. Principally, the globalization process seems to have built a certain sense of exclusion in Islamic circles thus rekindling a somewhat sub-conscious revolt or reaction from Islam and its ardent adherents. For clarity purpose, it was found that it is more of the Westernization than any other thing that comes with the globalization process that actually causes disruptions in several Islamic circles.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jirfp.v7n1a2