The Crisis of Islam

The Crisis of Islam

Holy War and Unholy Terror

Book - 2003
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"The Crisis of Islam ranges widely through thirteen centuries of history, but in particular it charts the key events of the twentieth century leading up to the violent confrontations of today: the creation of the state of Israel, the Cold War, the Iranian Revolution, the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan, the Gulf War, and the September 11 attacks on the United States." "While hostility toward the West has a long and varied history in the lands of Islam, its current concentration on America is new. So too is the cult of the suicide bomber. Brilliantly disentangling the crosscurrents of Middle Eastern history from the rhetoric of its manipulators, Bernard Lewis helps us understand the reasons for the increasingly dogmatic rejection of modernity by many in the Muslim world in favor of a return to a sacred past. Based on his George Polk Award-winning article for The New Yorker, The Crisis of Islam is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what Usama bin Ladin represents and why his murderous message resonates so widely in the Islamic world."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2003
ISBN: 9780679642817
Characteristics: xxxii, 184 p. : maps


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Aug 09, 2019

Immensely insightful, Lewis takes the long view of the often unhappy relationship between the Islamic realm and the west. It would be interesting to see what has happened in light of more recent events: this book was written in 2003; prof. Lewis himself died in 2018.

A Princeton University professor, author of some 20 books on the Middle East, its peoples, and its religions, this is a concise history of Islam, with four useful maps. Perhaps the best chapter is “The Marriage of Saudi Power and Wahhabi Teaching,” showing the iniquitous influence of oil-financed extremism, exported throughout the world, with devastating consequences. The tolerance of Western societies for islamist iIntolerance is our Achilles' Heel.

Jul 07, 2016

no moderate islam , just radicalism starts from Quran

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