The New Clash of Civilizations How the contest between America, China, India and Islam will shape our century

by Minhaz Merchant

  • Category Non-Fiction
  • Format Hardback
  • Imprint Rainlight
  • Price 500
  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-2990-1
  2. Pages: 328 pages
  3. Date: January 2014


A compelling amalgam of new writing and published essays by Minhaz Merchant, The New Clash of Civilizations offers deep and stimulating insights into how the contest between four major civilizational forces—the United States, China, India and Islam—will shape our century. The historic shift in the economic and geopolitical balance of power from the West to the East, Merchant writes, will determine the ideas and principles that govern this unfolding century.
Divided into six distinct sections—History, Nation, World, Leaders, Science & Society, and Vintage—the book provides an original perspective on a dynamic nation coming to terms with itself and the world. In politics and science, history and economics, India’s place in an increasingly competitive global order—and its interaction with the other three major civilizational strands—forms a cornerstone of the book’s narrative.
Broad in sweep and range, The New Clash of Civilizations is a lucid and brilliant account of the ebb and flow of power in the twenty-first century.


A pioneering editor and publisher, Minhaz Merchant began his career as a reporter with The Times of India and later joined India Today as Mumbai bureau chief. He has been a columnist for The Times of India, The Economic Times, Sunday Times, The Asian Age and The Telegraph and written for international newspapers, including The Times, London.
Merchant founded Sterling Newspapers Pvt. Ltd to become, at twenty-five, the youngest chairman and editor-in-chief of an independent mainstream publishing group in India. Within a decade, he built Sterling into one of India’s fastest-growing media houses with pioneering magazines such as Gentleman, TV and Video World, Technocrat, Business Computer, Mega City and GFQ. He was among the first Indian publishers to establish a tie-up with an international media conglomerate—the Holland-based VNU, now renamed The Nielsen Group.
He is chairman and editor-in-chief of Merchant Media Ltd, a publishing firm, and heads the company’s research unit, Global Intelligence Review.

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