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Professor Liu Zhongmin Was Invited to Give a Lecture in IWAAS


On November 29, 2018, Professor Liu Zhongmin, director of the Middle East Institute of Shanghai International Studies University, editor-in-chief of Arab World Studies, was invited to deliver a lecture on the topic “Islam and the International System” at the No.1 meeting room in Institute of West-Asian and African Studies (IWAAS).

 

This lecture was co-organized by the advanced research projects of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences(CASS), “Modern Middle East Studies” and “Powers and Middle East”, and the editorial board of West Asia and Africa. Professor Wang Lincong, assistant of general director of IWAAS, director of Division of International Relations Studies of IWAAS, hosted the lecture. Over 20 scholars and graduate students from IWAAS participated in the activity, including An Chunying, editorial director of West Asia and Africa, Professor Tang Zhichao, director of Division of Middle East Studies, Associate Professor Liu Dong, deputy director of Division of Middle East Studies, and Associate Professor Wang Feng, deputy director of Division of International Relations Studies.

During the lecture, Professor Liu Zhongmin emphasized that Islamic views on international system should be observed and analyzed with basic categories and theoretical framework of international system. It was macro studies which needed grand basic concepts, theoretical speculations, narrative means, systematic literature review, consciousness of problems and profound accumulations. Studies on “Islam and International System” were of great significance to the renaissances of Islamic culture and the adjustment of global governance structure. At present, the combination of Islamic studies and international-relation theories was simply insufficient in China. However, western studies on the relations between Islam and international system had some defects and errors, including the anti-system theory, “the Clash of Civilizations”, the Islam Exceptionalism, the “Islam Threat” theory, and the “Islamic Terrorism” theory.

 

Professor Liu pointed out that there was great tension between Islam and current secular international system, which was embodied by three dimensions that were Islamic conceptions of political community, the sovereignty of Allah, and Jihad. He put emphasis on the development of Islamic conception of Jihad and its influence to the secular international system. Historically, the Islamic conception of Jihad had gone through three stages: the initial stage of climax, the stage of declination and the period of defensive Jihad. This conception, however, was distorted and abused in the contemporary Middle East political process.

 

As Professor Liu put it that easing tensions between the Islamic world and the international system, to a great extent, depended on whether smooth interaction and coordination could be achieved between Islamic views on international system and the current international system.

 

Experts from IWASS had discussions with professor Liu Zhongmin over some issues, centering on Muslim Brotherhood’s influence on the Middle East international system, the nature and type of Turkey Justice and Development Party and its influence on the international system, current Islamic conception of Jihad, reasons why the Turkish Model and Iranian Model were in trouble, and how the international system had affected and shaped the Islamic World, etc.

 

Summarizing the lecture, Professor Wang Lincong believed that Professor Liu Zhongmin, based on the theoretical structure of international system, explored the relations between Islamic system and the existing international system from the perspectives of system, structure, units and interactions, and analyzed the interaction and tension between both. Professor Liu’s study, he said, was greatly enlightening and helpful for Middle East studies, no matter in theoretical speculations or in methodologies.
 

 


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