clicivilisationalrepositioning 350Civilisational Repositioning:

China’s Rise and the Future of the Arab People


Author: Samer Khair Ahmad (translated by: Xinlu Liu and Aisling Dunne)

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This book confronts the decades-overdue Arab revival through a criticism of civilisation, which is composed of two parts: firstly, researching others and identifying our commonalities in the making of success; and, secondly, so as to prepare well for the future decades of global development, find the way to overcome our present obstructions, which will enable a long-awaited revival.

Key Features

  • Written by an eminent academic.
  • Based on research undertaken over many years.
  • Includes a details and thorough analysis of many, interconnected topics.


Academics, historians, and philosophers. Anyone with an interest in China and Arabia, old and new.

ISBN (print):                     978-1-909287-96-9

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Publication date:             Septemnber 2015

Territorial rights:              worldwide

Number of pages:           133

Size (print):                      234mm x 156mm

Readership:                    university and professional



Introduction The Arab Crisis of Civilisation
— Western Obstructions and Eastern Openness

1 The Foundation of the Arab Renaissance

2 The European Colonization and the Reaction of Arab People:
Two Factors which delayed the Arab Renaissance
The Arab Age of Colonisation
Ideological Changes

3 Western Obstructions and Eastern Openness
Part One The Arab and Chinese ‘Non-Conformist’ Rise

1 ‘Non-Conformist’ — The Foundations of China’s Rise
The Beginnings of New China’s Rise
Finding the Right Path Following the Cultural Revolution
Towards a Revival
‘One Nation, Two Systems’
Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
Development and Adjustment
The Future for the Chinese
The Pace of Political Reform
Balanced Development of the Military and Economy
China’s Non-Conformist Development

2 Lessons Arab people might learn from China’s ‘Non-Conformist’
The Scope of Reference
The Arab World’s ‘Development of Dependence’ Predicament
China’s Experience
Factors Referenced
From ‘Non-Conformist’ Development to a ‘Non-Conformist’ Rise

Part Two Civilisational Repositioning and the Future of the
Arab People
1 What does ‘Civilisational Repositioning’ actually mean?
2 China acting as a possible example for Arab undertaking of
Civilisational Repositioning
The Mao Zedong Era for China and the World
Adjustments to China’s Foreign Policy
Pragmatic Diplomatic Policy
The Positive Achievements of the Reform and Opening Up Policy
‘Civilisational Repositioning’ on China’s Terms

3 Civilisational Repositioning – Factors for Arab People to take
into Consideration
What does the Arab World have?
The Arab World, China and the Future
Appendix 1: China’s Reform and Opening Up Policy – A 30 year Chronicle (1978–2008) 1
Appendix 2: Deng Xiaoping’s South China Tour
Appendix 3: ‘China’s Road to Peaceful Development’ White Paper






The author is a leading academic.




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