John M. Owen IV is professor of politics and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. His books include The Clash of Ideas in World Politics (Princeton) and Liberal Peace, Liberal War.
A highly recommended work for observers, students, and research scholars who are grappling with the contemporary problems faced by the Middle East through the prism of political disturbances in the past centuries of Western history. --Mehraj ud Din, Politics, Religion, & Ideology Owen writes to provide policy makers, students, and those engaged in the Middle East with tools to confront political Islam. . . . This is a unique, stimulating, well-written and documented work that takes an unusual approach to the political problems of Islamism. --Choice This engaging and thoughtful book by University of Virginia scholar John Owen looks back on a series of upheavals in Western history to better understand the Middle East's current travails and challenges posed by political Islam. . . . [A] wise and sophisticated book. --William Armstrong, Hurriyet Daily News [P]rovocative. --Amb. (ret.) Anthony Quainton, American Diplomacy [A]n animated, ambitious and thoughtful book. --Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times Owen is generous, rational and balanced. . . . [H]e is astute enough to understand the vast real-world differences that block the resolution of conflict. --Publishers Weekly Shortlisted for the 2017 Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize