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In: Rethinking China, the Middle East and Asia in a 'Multiplex World'
In: Rethinking China, the Middle East and Asia in a 'Multiplex World'
Author: Mojtaba Mahdavi

Six years after the birth of contemporary social movements (Iran’s Green Movement in 2009 and the 2011 Arab Spring) in the Middle East and North Africa (mena), the region is caught between a number of rocks and many hard places. The interaction of the global power structure and the local socio-political conditions repressed the revolutionary spirit in mena. The “Quiet Encroachment” of counterrevolutionary forces has largely replaced hope with despair, and excitement with resentment (Bayat 2013a; 2015). The rise of isil/isis in Iraq and Syria, the predicament of Islamism in power and

In: Sociology of Islam
This edited volume critically examines the changing dynamics of multidimensional relations between China, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Asia in an emerging 'multiplex world'. It challenges both extremes of 'Sinophobia' and 'Sinophilia' by studying the real 'pragmatist' China.

This book, in a foreword, introduction and thirteen chapters, problematises what MENA and Asia means to China in the age of neoliberalism, explores what are the real or perceived pillars of Sino‒MENA-Asia relations, and sheds light on how MENA can benefit from its relations with China while keeping a clear distance from the harms of neoliberal authoritarianism.

Contributors are Mojtaba Mahdavi, Tugrul Keskin, Manochehr Dorraj, Sari Hanafi, Habibul Haque Khondker, Dara Conduit, Rigas Arvanitis, Saeed Shafqat, Jordi Quero Arias, Mahesh Ranjan Debata, Andrea Ghiselli, Mher Sahakyan, Michael McCall, Yossra M. Taha and Xiaoyue Li.