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“Vali Nasr's important new book helps us understand the positive power of commerce in the Muslim world. He shows how growing economies and a new business class will be more important than extremist ideologies in determining how the Middle East interacts with the world. This is a wonderful combination of historical analysis and insightful reporting.”
—Walter Isaacson, CEO of The Aspen Institute and author of Kissinger: A Biography
“In recent years, much of the discussion about the Muslim world has focused on the role of Islam in politics, especially the rise of extremist groups. In this informative book, Middle East expert Nasr challenges our commonly held assumptions about the dynamics of the contemporary Middle East. Relying on examples from countries ranging from Iran to Turkey and Pakistan, he demonstrates that that is a commercial revolution in the Muslim world fueled by the emergence of dynamic and upwardly mobile middle-class entrepreneurs and reformers?It is this “critical mass,” he says, that will define the contours of Middle Eastern politics and the broader Muslim world and not the marginal extremists that have dominated news coverage of the region. This book should be read by all concerned citizens and policymakers in the West.”
“Nasr offers a fresh look at the future of religious extremism in the Middle East. He posits that a rising middle class is far more interested in economic success than in fervent religiosity. Nasr's analysis ? is well-argued and deserves close attention.”
“[A] humane and clear-eyed narrative?”
—Harvard Business Review
Anyone that has an interest in the Middle East must read this book.
With "Forces of Fortune" Nasr has produced another work that should reshape opinions and increase understanding of the broader changes occurring in the Muslim world.
Data - there is very little in the way of data to support his thesis.
Excellent condition. Good background on the growing emergence of Muslims in many countries.Published 6 months ago by Gregory A. Posey
After the brilliant "The Shia Revival", Vali Nasr's "The Rise of Islamic Capitalism" is a disappointment for two reasons: (1) Nasr's choice of title is misleading and unfortunate... Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. B. Rodoper
I needed this book for a graduate class and while much of the text is worthwhile, it needs to be updated to take into account the Arab Spring. Read morePublished 15 months ago by StaMara
This book describes the Middle East in a different way by explaining the growing importance of the middle class. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Peaceandprosperity
Very western point of view of an author of eastern origin. Informative for the western reader about what happened and is happening in the muslim world in terms of economics and... Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by F M Sula
Vali Nasr gives a great overview of MENA history and why the emerging business class will drive politics moving forward.Published on November 7, 2012 by Kelly Peeler
I enjoyed this book and learned a lot from it about the Arab world. It has particular meaning at this time when the New Muslim Middle Class truly is rising in countries like Egypt,... Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by Alexandra Hopkins
I found Forces of Fortune to be a fantastic follow-up to the more narrowly focused expression of Vali's thesis in Islamic Revival, with his use of personal anecdote as well as... Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Steffen M
Vali Nasr is always worth reading. `The Shia Revival' was superb political analysis and there's plenty of that here as well, especially when Nasr gives a straightforward historical... Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by T. G. S. Hawksley