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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300159986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300159981
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bassam Tibi is Professor Emeritus of International Relations, University of Göttingen and former A. D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University. In 2010, he was the Resnick Scholar for the Study of Antisemitism at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is the author of three dozen previous books, including most recently Islam's Predicament with Modernity. He lives in Göttingen, Germany.

 


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By ZenDogs on September 4, 2013
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Not all Muslims are Arabs and not all arabs are terrorists. We need to start making important distinctions. Read this.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zubair A. on October 26, 2013
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This book, while both insightful at Islamism but not Islam, was a serious disappointment. He brands Islamism as a totalitarian ideology borrowed from communism. This is not correct. While some Islamism may be authoritarian, never has there been evidence for totalitarianism. Also, he says on pg. 16 about the Muslim Brotherhood, "They subscribed to terror and practiced it on all possible levels." Where is his evidence? Then, he goes about saying that just because al-Banna preached martyrdom for Islam, it reflects "suicidal terrorism." Not true, al-Banna was a community activist and never advocated terrorism to justify an end. Lastly, he says that Islamism is NOT part of the greater Islamic revival. What is the revival then? It actually is in that the revival has incorporated political ideology into its doctrine. Clearly, Mr. Tibi is not the right scholar to read. He confuses both facts and opinions.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on December 29, 2012
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"Islamism and Islam" by Bassam Tibi, (Fall 2012), hardback, 340 pgs. [Caution: This is a book review about Tibi's book, not about Islam.] In this book the author denounces Islamism for its: anti-democracy, anti-semitism, violence, and for what Tibi calls its perverse pro-violence from "its invention of the true peaceful Muslim past". Tibi identifies himself as a Muslim, a liberal Muslim bordering on pro-secularism, who is opposed to the oppression of non-Muslims. Tibi tries to promote his contention that the religion of Islam is peaceful, that it does not justify violent Islamism/ jihadism/ caliphate-dreamers. While Tibi makes this claim repeatedly throughout this book, but he does not really explain how the religion of Islam is "peaceful". The author does NOT try to list 15-20 ayat from the Quran that promote peace; he probably doesn't because he knows that Islamo-realists can quickly cite a similar number of Quranic verses promoting intolerance and outright violence - to say nothing about quoting similar war-mongering ahadith sources. Another reviewer has pinned Tibi as being an Islamic "sleeper cell", i.e. a Muslim who practices "taqiyya" (hiding) his knowledge that Islam really promotes violent, world-conquest-seeking Islamism; I'll just politely opine that given what Tibi knows about Islamism how he can argue that peaceful-Islam is really separate from violent-Islamism baffles me. Tibi acknowledges that the jihadist-Islamists base their ideology from their "misunderstanding" readings of the peace-oriented teachings of the Quran. Despite Tibi's baffling fondness for Islam, he is very critical of western scholars who advocate that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is somehow pro-democratic and peace oriented. He has no kind words for either Prof. J. Esposito nor Tariq Ramadan.Read more ›
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul C. Moessinger on April 2, 2013
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Tibi gives a much needed nuanced picture of Islam. He makes a distinction between the Islamists, the totalitarian version of Islam, the result of the decline of power of Islam in the modern world and the rise of religious fundamnetalism of which islam is not alone in fostering. His use of Hannah Arendt to define totalitarianism and the relationship with anti-smitism, analogous to the Nazi ideology is right on the money. This connection puts the issue in historical context. Islam in Tibi's view is another matter. This is a religion that can accomodate reason and moderation as it tries to accomodate itself to the modern world just as mainline Christianity and Judaism have done. This work by an author with superb academic credentials unlike Pam Geller or Robert Spencer, for example, should get peoples attention as an anecdote to the fear mongering of the the Gellers and Spencers of the world.
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26 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ralph White on September 20, 2012
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A One Man Sleeper Cell

The first lie in Bassam Tibi's book, Islamism and Islam is in the fourth sentence of his Preface. It is the lie which has made Tibi's career, at Cornell, Yale, Harvard, and now Stanford. He states, "Islamism emanates from a political interpretation of Islam: it is based not on the religious faith of Islam but on an ideological use of religion within the political realm." Professor Tibi compounds this lie with, "Islamism and Islam are different, not to be confused with each other..."

The fact is that a practicing Muslim is an Islamist. The peaceful, pluralistic, tolerant Islam which Professor Tibi describes is the Islam of non-practicing Muslims. All practicing Muslims are required by Islam to wage jihad (holy war). All practicing Muslims are required to forcefully convert or kill nonbelievers, infidels. All practicing Muslims are required to humiliate dhimmi, (infidels who are tolerated in their presence), by extracting jizya, (a tax which permits them to live - temporarily). All practicing Muslims divide the world into two spheres, dar al Islam (the world of Islam), and dar al haarb (the world of war). Only when Muslims have eliminated resistance to Islam throughout the world will there be no more dar al haarb. This is straight out of the Qu'ran, the holy book which all practicing Muslims must memorize.

One core feature of Islam that you will never hear from Professor Tibi or any other Muslim is taqiyya, the obligation to deceive infidels. Another you will not find in his work is da'wa, stealthy jihad. Taqiyya is the obligation of every Muslim to soft pedal the ultimate ends of Islam, world domination. Da'wa is a kind of dispensation accorded to jihadis who find themselves in a situation where violence is impractical.
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