The events of September 11, 2005 have been subjected to several assessments in the West and the rest of the world. Despite the different approaches adopted by these assessments to understand the events, they all agree that the September incidents were dramatic events that changed the world, marked the beginning of a new phase, and will have radical effect in reshaping the basis of international relations and remolding the global order in the future.
The book attempts to examine the dimensions of the September 11 incidents, their background, causes, implications and repercussions; and it seeks to offer explanations for extremism, political violence, and terrorism phenomena. The writers sought to assess the response to these events which culminated in the war on terror and to predict the future of the global order. The book's main argument is that the September 11th incidents represent in reality collision of worlds: the collision between various political parties and entities competing for power and influence, and the collision between the spheres of ideas. The book's thirty chapters depict several conflicts which have emerged from the September 11th incidents or have been highlighted by them.
The book has been jointly authored by elite intellectuals, thinkers and academicians from several countries. Their essays imply varying opinions and views, thus distinguishing this book from others that deal with the same subject. Prominent writer, Joseph S. Nye, commented on this book saying, "While we try to understand the events of September 11, 2001, it is difficult to find a more diverse and interesting group of writers than the authors of this book. Whether you agree or disagree with them, you will definitely learn from them."