Mansoor Moaddel is a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. His many books include Islamic Modernism, Nationalism, and Fundamentalism: Episode and Discourse (2005) and Values, Political Action, and Change in the Middle East and the Arab Spring (2017).
This is a timely book that traces political and cultural transformations across many countries in the Muslim world with sound empirical evidence and a nuanced theoretical framework. Moaddel explains the recent turmoil as an expression of ideational shift from Islamic fundamentalism to liberal nationalism, highlighting serious cultural change that accounts for the Arab Spring and other changes in the region. Is a new, more liberal cultural episode on the horizon for the Middle East? The Clash of Values offers new conceptualizations of religious fundamentalism and liberal values, along with clearly presented survey findings, to suggest that such a trajectory is entirely possible. Moaddel comes to the subject of values with deep knowledge of the politics and histories of Islamic nations, along with unparalleled skill and experience in doing surveys in those countries. He delivers the definitive analysis of how religious fundamentalism conflicts with liberal nationalism to varying degrees throughout the region.