Dar Al Islam--the Mediterranean, the World System, and the Wider Europe: The "cultural Enlargement" of the EU and Europe's Identity

Nova Publishers, 2005 - 314 sivua
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With the process of a 'wider Europe' (EU-Commission President Romano Prodi's 'ring of friends') that extends from Marrakech in Morocco to St Petersburg in Russia gathering speed, the growing rift between Europe and America also is about how to deal politically with the countries of the Mediterranean-Muslim world. The house of Islam (Dar al Islam) was pivotal to the European path to the Renaissance and to the re-discovery of classic Greek philosophy. The Mediterranean policy of the European Union aims at a positive and co-operative relationship with the region. A successful integration of the Mediterranean South would have tremendous and positive repercussions for regional and world peace. World-wide leading experts from the field of world systems analysis, economics, integration theory, political science, theology and area studies, agnostics, Christians, Jews and Muslims alike discuss the issue with European decision makers. The outcome is an interdisciplinary evaluation of this projected export of peace, co-operation, dialogue and stability in the framework of world centre-periphery relationships.

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Introductory Essay Towards a Kantian Peace for the Mediterranean Region?
A Political Reminder Dialogue Between Cultures a Matter of Supreme Importance for Civilisation and Democracy
The European Mediterranean Partnership
The Political and Economic Aspects of the EuroMediterranean Partnership
The Barcelona Process in the Framework of NeoLiberal Globalization
The West Europe and the Muslim World
Towards a New EU Policy for the Mediterranean South?
September 11 2001 Diagnosis Prognosis Therapy
Thinking Ahead Israels Future Relations with the European Union
East and West
Towards a Wider Europe
The New Round of European Enlargement Changing or Fostering European Identity?
Latinamericanization The Best Variant for Russia? Some Implications for the Concept of a Wider Europe
Globalization Inequality and a Wider Europe
Biographical Sketch of the Authors by Alphabetical Order of their Last Names

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Sivu ix - Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Sivu 100 - D that the candidate country has achieved stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities; D the existence of a functioning market economy, as well as the capacity to cope with competitive pressure and market forces within the Union; D the ability to take on the obligations of membership, including adherence to the aims of political, economic and monetary union.
Sivu viii - CRY aloud, spare not, Lift up thy voice like a trumpet, And shew my people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.
Sivu 110 - Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance : but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Sivu ix - Is it such a fast that I have chosen ? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?
Sivu ix - And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday...
Sivu ix - Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shall cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity...
Sivu 241 - Membership requires that the candidate country has achieved stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities, the existence of a functioning market economy as well as the capacity to cope with competitive pressure and market forces within the Union.
Sivu ix - Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge?
Sivu ix - Yet they seek me daily, And delight to know my ways, As a nation that did righteousness, And forsook not the ordinance of their God: They ask of me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching to God.

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