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Analiza iskustava integracije u islamskom svijetu
Analysing the experience of integration in the Islamic world

Author(s): Reza Said Muhammedi, Ali Akbar Velayati
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Naučnoistraživački institut »Ibn Sina«

Summary/Abstract: In the interest of their political life and development, states use the instruments of power and by increasing their national power they strive to ensure security and their national interests. One of the ways for ensuring and enlarging power is integration and creation of translational institutions at the level of regions. The purpose of this text is to use the descriptive-analytical method to analyse the experiences of integration in the Islamic world and to show that despite the fact that the European Union managed to achieve most of its aims under the guise of theories of integration, Islamic countries have not yet managed to take an effective step in that direction. In fact, integration of the Islamic world is ridden with numerous obstacles such as internal despotism, political disagreements, radical nationalism, political instability, regional competition, colonialism and Zionism, many of which cannot be observed in the free societies of the West. In that, internal despotism and domination of colonialism are among the leading factors hindering integration of the Islamic world. In themselves, these factors prepare the ground for other obstacles to integration among Islamic countries to boom. The result of this, as it seems, focusing on well-established integration theories is insufficient to allow the achievement of this aim in the Islamic countries. In fact, Islamic societies need a role model whose strength may remove these obstacles. This role model will not emerge, save under the shadow of Islamic teaching. Islam surpasses ordinary theories of integration and as the main factor that brings Muslims together, provided it eliminates the factors of disintegration, it may set the path towards unity and integration.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 51
  • Page Range: 158-178
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Bosnian