“The Clash of Civilizations?” Asian Responses edited by Salim Rashid ISBN 984 05 1390 7 1997 172pp 215x136mm HB Tk.390.00 US$25.00
In the The Clash of Civilizations? Samuel P. Huntington provocatively laid down the global fault lines of the post-Cold War era. Huntington sees the West as involved in an unavoidable collision with two major civilizations-Islamic and Confucian. This controversial thesis, originally published in Foreign Affairs and now developed into a book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, is said to have generated more comments than any other contribution to Foreign Affairs in recent times. It is curious that Huntington is not a specialist in either of the civilizations he has singled out as a potential "enemy".
This volume provides critical responses from representatives of Confucian and Islamic cultures to Huntington’s provocative thesis. These essays, representing thoughtful work of scholars from seven countries, will provide readers with a well-rounded picture of the issues raised by Huntington. The volume begins with a reprint of Huntington’s own essay, which is not widely available, in order to provide readers familiarity with the original.
Salim Rashid has a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics. He then did his Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from Yale. From 1974 to 1981 he taught Economics at Dartmouth College N. H. (USA) before moving to the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign where he is Professor of Economics. The principal areas he has been interested in are the role of religion in economic development, money and macroeconomics in LDC’s and environmental slipovers of macro projects, especially those amenable to evaluation in computable general equilibrium models. He specializes in the impact of the Christianity on capitalist civilization.
He has numerous publications in journals such as Econometrica; Journal of Mathematical Economics; International Economic Review; Scandinavian Economic History Review; Oxford Economic Papers and a number of contributions to The New Palgraves Dictionary of Economics. He has been involved as International Advisory Member for Bangladesh Development Studies - the Journal of BIDS. In 1991 he worked as an Adviser on Monetary Policy for the Planning Commission of Bangladesh.